Steve Hymon photographs the colorful characters and scenes — and fauna — at the park that gave Westlake its name.
Life, cultures, architecture, geography, neighborhoods, history, demographics, urbanism, nature, the environment. And anything else.
Greenery has returned, but few bird species are spotted in the reserve where the Army Corps abruptly tore out trees and habitat in 2012.
During the night he left the Los Feliz crawl space where he waited out the media scrum. The cougar has been tracked to a Griffith Park canyon where he is fine.
As of Tuesday morning the cat may have moved on from Glendower Avenue.
The Los Angeles cartoonist posted his take on the killing in South Carolina of another unarmed black man and the unmasking of the police cover-up.
Investigators hired by the church tracked the defector father of David Miscavige for 18 months, the story says. Miscavige denies it.
If you remember the names Ralphie Valladares and Shirley Hardman, this post is for you. Whoa, Nellie!
People on the street in DTLA aren't sold yet on the new parking signs, but a writer at CityLab loves them. Here's why.
Désirée van Hoek says people ask why "a relatively wealthy, white girl from Amsterdam" spends her summers in LA taking photos of the poor and homeless.
Expect a day of rain on Tuesday with snow above 4,500 feet. NWS expects about up to an inch of rain.
LA's oldest Jewish synagogue building is now used for prayer by many kinds of congregations. That's not by accident.
Local surfers who are observant Muslims and female and the challenges they face, tonight on 'SoCal Connected.' Plus orcas, an urban farm and Hollyhock House.
News and notes from LA Observed on politics, media and place plus a couple of tweets of the day.
Michael Fleming says last week's story suggesting there was too much diversity in TV casting was a big mistake: "Our hearts are heavy with regret."
Metro is installing the artwork for the elevated station at Sepulveda Boulevard. Westwood/Rancho Park and Palms went first.
Sunday is the centennial of, arguably, the most significant public vote in the history of Los Angeles.
The city's first blue signs for the new district were unveiled on Sunday.
For our money, the best version of March madness plays out not on the hardwood, but the desert floor.
This level of previously unknown biodiversity surprised scientists and makes them wonder: what other mystery species are living in our backyards?
Scientist Grace Peng reminds us there was a time when the Pacific inundated California with rivers of free water from the sky.
Jeb Bush to raise cash in Bel Air. Supes look to raise minimum age. A new column in Daily News. More notes on politics, media and place.
In "Viva Gentrification!," Hector Tobar says whites are returning to Latino enclaves such as Highland Park.
Starbucks CEO says the order to write "Race Together" on cups ends Monday. Everyone in line says thanks.
It's just the second time researchers have spotted a lion successfully crossing the freeway — and the first to leave the Santa Monicas.
Alejandra Campoverdi will be managing editor of #EmergingUS. She worked in the White House from 2009-2012 and has a media background.
The city's Board of Cultural Heritage Commissioners today voted unanimously to extend history-cultural monument status to the threatened Norms coffee shop on North La Cienega.
Already, this year has seen the most stranding of emaciated sea lions in memory. Warmer waters driving away the food is suspected.
Wayne Ratkovich says that getting a historic designation on a building can be a good thing. He should know.
And in California, the threat of a magnitude 8 quake, the Big One for us, has been raised by USGS.
The story of the LAPL map treasure collected by John Feathers is told in a video for the LA Review of Books.
The news doesn't really get better for fans of the Googie-style Norms coffee shop.
Will we look back on late 20th century LA--often thought of as the worst of times with the city's sprawling conquest of nature--as paradoxically the best of times when a style of architecture briefly prevailed that invited the outside in, and the inside out?
"Pipeline" became "one of Southern California's most recognizable musical exports — an instrumental anthem to riding the waves and living the life..."
Designating Sawtelle Japantown has more local authenticity than Little Osaka or West LA.
A new film is raising funds on Kickstarter to document the story of the Compton Cowboys, black cowboys who have been a South LA tradition since the 19th Century.
It's still shocking to see that for some environmentalists, a love of other living beings goes hand in hand with a hatred for their fellow human beings.
The name fits in SawtelleSawtelle Japantown is LA's newest blue-sign neighborhood. Kevin Roderick
Streetscape | Pico BoulevardMan and his skeleton riding tandem in Santa Monica. Photo: Sean Roderick
Night on BroadwayMovie palaces were packed on open house night. Photos by Iris Schneider
Bob Hope compound on the marketEstate in Toluca Lake is yours for $23 million. Peek inside
New year at the pierSanta Monica has a New Year's parade too, in a way. Ellen Alperstein
Still life | Nate 'n Al'sThe scene inside Nate 'n Al's in Beverly Hills on a Saturday.
A word Angelenos should knowPetrichor: The scent of rain on a dry land. Christensen & Gold
Day of the Dead
Festivities at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Iris Schneider
Ficus vs sidewalkTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
Ridiculous palm weedsIt's almost as if the three fan palm young 'uns have come to visit the palm tree zoo. Or a jailed parent. Bigger
Sky and palmGreat skies we had one day. #DTLA. Bigger on Facebook
Take our picture Gary LeonardGary Leonard photo of the audience at his Central Library conversation with Kevin Roderick. Bigger
Scythed chariotSpotted in Santa Monica by Ellen Alperstein. More
Fans at KCONFans swoon at LA's big Korean music festival. More photos by Iris Schneider
Under the 405Homeless' belongings parked in the shade under the freeway on Parthenia Street in North Hills. LA Observed photo
The WarwickCirca 1928 residential building on North Sycamore Avenue.
Ficus vs sidewalkTree wins on Ben Lomond Place in Los Feliz.
Front door of Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles on a Saturday morning. LA Observed.
StreetscapeAlpha Cast Foundry casts molten metal about 200 feet from the DTLA hipsters at Stumptown Coffee on Santa Fe Avenue. LAO.
Stained glassWhen on Wilshire, remember to look up. At Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. LA Observed photo.
Arts District colorSpatters of color on the sidewalk outside the former Al's Bar on Hewitt Street. Judy Graeme/click the pic to enlarge.
Mission Road in Boyle Heights
Mission Road, Boyle Heights. See bigger.
La Brea AvenueDinosaur head next to the sidewalk in a shop on La Brea Avenue. See larger.
Exposition Park lawnNice light on a Friday evening in front of the Memorial Coliseum. LA Observed photo.
Streetscape: DTLAEast 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. LA Observed photo.
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