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Take Olympic: Watch Lionel Richie and a UFO Dazzle the 1984 LA Olympics

The truth was out there. The landmark 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles kicked off 30 years ago this week; with their tight budget and heavy sponsorship, they changed the way Olympics are run, and they also brought us...

Century Crunch: Your Guide to Surviving This Weekend's LAX Traffic Nightmare

Weekend travelers take heed: there's some serious business going down at the airport this weekend. The Century Crunch should have been called the Century Crumble because it centers on the demolition of an old bridge over Century and Aviation...

Offices Spaces (of the Future): Apparently the Office of the Future is a Giant Boulder

Image via Co.Exist The jury's still out on whether sitting at a desk all day, like most things in life, is slowly killing you. But the Amsterdam-based architects of RAAAF have teamed up with artist Barbara Visser to take the...

Video Interlude: Drone Video Reveals the Parts of DTLA You Can't Usually See

Sure, drones are always spying or dropping bombs on people, but they're also always shooting super-dope videos of stuff we wouldn't otherwise see. (A real mixed blessing!) Thank god, Downtowner Ian Wood has gone with Use Two in this...

Celebrity Real Estate: Robin Thicke is Selling His Bird Streets Home for $3 Million

Now that "Blurred Lines" singer/creeper Robin Thicke and his wife, actress Paula Patton, are calling it quits, their Hollywood Hills house is hitting the market, reports Variety. Built in 1965, the house was first purchased in 1990 by TV...

Video Interlude: Watch Skateboarders Travel on Totally Deserted LA Freeways

Anyone who's made a 4 am trip to LAX has made the discovery that there are always cars on the freeway in Los Angeles somewhere. Is that what makes this rather cinematic video—of skateboarders careening across deserted overpasses and...

Farmers' Markets: Lame LA Wants to Shut Down the Marijuana Farmers' Market

The highly sensitive city attorney is dead set on harshing the mellow new marijuana farmers' market in Boyle Heights and the people (with prescriptions) who love it: he's seeking a restraining order ("for many reasons — from the violation...

Abandonment Issues: Buy Philly's Storied, 'Cannablized' Lynnewood Hall For $20M

Photos by Laura Kicey The largest surviving Gilded Age mansion in the Philly area hit the market yesterday asking $20M without a single interior photo to the listing. Which is understandable, because by...

Video Interlude: Watch: Exploring the Spooky Abandoned Hawthorne Mall

In episode 16 of Tom Explores Los Angeles, Tom goes inside the abandoned Hawthorn Plaza mall in the City of Hawthorne. Closed for 15 years, the husk of the building is all that's left of the indoor mall that...

Architectural Craziness: This Grounded Boat is Actually an Eco-Friendly Restaurant

Photo via Inhabitat Getting washed ashore and permanently grounded doesn't have to mean the end of the line for a seafaring vessel. Some, like the Florida Keys houseboat-turned-beach house of hotelier Conrad Hilton, go on command heft multi-million-dollar asking prices,...

Video Interlude: A Primer on Lakewood, the "Archetype of the American Suburb"

It's hard to imagine, but there was once a time when houses were built to be affordable. The post-WWII planned community of Lakewood had 17,500 single-family houses all mass-produced assembly-line-style, completed in under three years, and sold for what...

Flexmls for iPhone v1.0.4 – Talking Back to Your MLS

Apple has been reviewing and approving new versions faster than usual, so I’m pleased to report that Flexmls for iPhone version 1.0.4 is available for download. This new version includes the ability to start a listing search using the quick launch, which I wrote about a few days ago. That post [...]

Video Interlude: A Video Exploration of the Cornfield, One of LA's Most Historically Important Sites

The intrepid webseries Tom Explores Los Angeles often spotlights the under-the-radar or forgotten places like San Pedro's Sunken City or South LA's Manchester Square, but this time, Tom heads to the well-known LA State Historic Park in Chinatown (colloquially...

Morning Linkage: Beverly Hills Residents Are Monsters, the Hits of Central Ave.

Above LA from Chris Pritchard on Vimeo. · Meryl Streep takes the pricechopper to her 1954 Research House · F Beverly Hills and their snobbish dedication to keeping outsiders out · Is Donald Sterling still a racist landlord post-lawsuits?...

Empathy and bad marketing breath

The search for the perfect message that resonates with consumers and sells products never ends. It’s a process marketers toil … Read more

Where the Hell is….

I just came across this video, Bounce. You should watch it. My bet is that you’ll get through the whole thing. It’s basically a soccer version of Where the Hell is Matt. Some of you may have seen several of the Where the Hell is Matt videos over the years. Show More Summary

Video Interlude: Watch Los Angeles's Road Network Grow, From 1888 to 2010

Los Angeles is famous for its enormous network of roads (the incredibly sorry state of those roads is another thing we're famous for). But how often do we consider all the roadways and how they link up instead of...

Video Interlude: Drive Down Ed Ruscha's Hollywood Boulevard in 1973 & 2002

Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha's fascination with the "vernacular architecture" of Los Angeles drove him to exhaustively photograph several of the city's arterial streets over a period of more than 40 years. More than a million of his images...

Zoning Out: 14 of the Weirdest Land Uses in Los Angeles's Zoning Code

Los Angeles is in the midst of giving its old, 1946-era zoning code a complete makeover, and it's keeping the public up to speed on all the process via re:code LA. The code crusaders over at the site have...

Fun With 3D Printing: Largest-Ever 3D-Printed Scale Model of San Francisco Unveiled

When developer Tishman Speyer wanted to tell the story of urban development in SoMa, Autodesk and Steelblue responded by collaborating to create the largest-ever 3D printed model of San Francisco. The model covers...

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