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A.D. Stenger: Austin’s eccentric, self-made architect

A Hill County Eichler, Stenger pursued his own vision of midcentury cool Fitting in wasn’t a concern for Arthur Dallas Stenger. Known to his friends and family as A.D., the Austin-based architect built homes with his clients in mind—airy...Show More Summary

Here are some heartwarming stories about how people came together after Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has been tearing through Houston since it touched land last week. Many are stranded and have been displaced due to floods in the area. Despite the tragic developments in Texas, there are some instances that will make you cry a tear of happiness. And, if anything, will restore your hope in the human […]

California governor candidate Travis Allen had $42,000 in late income tax

Allen, a Republican Assemblyman from Orange County, failed to pay his full federal income tax for 2012 and 2013, public records show -- and didn’t pay up until the Internal Revenue Service filed a tax lien against him in 2017.  

It’s Out of the Question: Joey Chestnut vs. The Gyoza … who’s got the stomach for this?

The question we’ve always wanted to ask Joey Chestnut: Why have you never won a chestnut eating contest? “No one has had one yet, but I’m sure all it would take is a sponsor …it could be easy to do,” said the 10-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating champion as he started to entertain the idea. […]

Orange County church finds higher purpose for unused land: affordable housing and community services

The concept of using church land to host affordable housing is not new. Similar efforts have been undertaken by churches across the country in New York City, Portland, Ore., and Baltimore.

How an Orange County shelter is helping women in South Sudan

Deng Daniel Khot’s voice and image cut in and out on the computer screen as three staff members of Laura’s House, a nonprofit devoted to combating domestic violence, watch from their Orange County office. Khot persists, despite the sketchy Skype connection from 9,000 miles away in northeast Africa, where he lives in a village in […]

DIYers get in on the home battery game

They’re using laptop batteries to create energy storage setups more powerful than Tesla’s Powerwall Homes are the convergence point for innovations in solar power generation and electric cars, sparking a need for massive battery systems to store and supply power. Show More Summary

Rivalry brewing between Chargers, Rams? ‘Not really,’ Chargers coach Anthony Lynn says

COSTA MESA — For months, the Chargers have publicly waged their “Fight for L.A.” The slogan was emblazoned on street-side banners and carved into a giant block on the StubHub Center concourse. It was the central theme of a recent promo video. And it took literal form two weeks ago during a joint practice with […]

$8.9 million SF home sits directly across from the Marina Green

1930s Spanish-Mediterranean comes views of the Golden Gate Bridge Too often in San Francisco, multi-million-dollar properties are built, renovated, and exchanged, all of them with lackluster staircases. Such a shame. So drama-free. So listless. Show More Summary

‘Real World: San Francisco’ house hits market for $6.9 million

True story Photos via Redfin Arguably the best installment of the Real World franchise—introducing the world to such characters as Pedro Zamora, Pam Ling, Judd Winick, and a hygiene-free bike messenger who will remain nameless—the San...Show More Summary

Cruise the future LAX people mover in this new video

Hard to believe we don’t have one of these already—but better late than never, right? It’s hard to imagine a day when Los Angeles International Airport won’t be choked with traffic, but a new video helps. First spotted by Streetsblog...Show More Summary

Gunnar Birkerts, postwar modernist, dies at 92

The Latvian-American architect’s legacy is more relevant than ever “The School That Will Vanish,” reads the headline on Architectural Forum’s November 1967 story on Gunnar Birkerts’ Lincoln Elementary School in Columbus, Indiana. Birkerts...Show More Summary

Lessons from Inman “Hack the App”

I was privileged to take part in the “Hack the App” session during the Inman Connect event last week.   It gave me some insights into alternative ways of building products for the real estate sector and particularly the role open source could play in that. Show More Summary

Bob Goldberg’s First Video as NAR CEO

New NAR CEO Bob Goldberg’s first video [via 1000watt’s email]: Honestly, I have no real opinion of Bob. Never met him, and haven’t spoken about him with anyone who knows/works with him. “Smart changes”? “Improve the lines of communication”?...Show More Summary

Chargers’ debut shows off StubHub Center, but fan turnout still mixed

CARSON — The bus ride was worth it. Gabriel Gonzalez had arrived in town a day earlier, after a 12 1/2-hour trip from Ciudad Juárez. The 50-year-old had been a Chargers fan for more than three decades — the obsession taking root when, as a teenager, he watched them pull off the thriller later dubbed the […]

The Valley motel that always steals the show

Even if you’ve never stayed there, you’ll recognize the Pink Motel. After a generation of serving weary travelers, the Pink Motel in Sun Valley is even more famous now then after it closed its doors to guests. With its picture-perfect...Show More Summary

Is the San Fernando Valley’s future suburban?

We asked eight residents and neighborhood leaders to weigh in on how the region is changing Known for strip malls and shopping centers and rows of single-family homes, the Valley is often thought of as somehow separate from Los Angeles—though...Show More Summary

Judith Chafee: Dean of desert architecture

The renowned Arizona architect “smoked, drank, cursed, and built houses.” Judith Chafee did not suffer fools. When discussing the modern desert homes she designed for her hometown of Tucson, streamlined and uniquely suited as refuges...Show More Summary

Street artist pays tribute to Tenderloin with finished brain mural

It’s a think piece Four weeks ago, anonymous, New England-based street artist Believe In People (BiP to his fans), was still putting the finishing touches on his 70-foot-tall golden mural on the side of the Tenderloin’s Hotel Alise. As...Show More Summary

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