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I Kayaked the Part of the Los Angeles River That Actually Looks Like a River

It was 90 degrees at 10:00 a.m. when I stepped off the Orange Line in the LA neighborhood of Van Nuys. A perfect day for the beach, or for the pool, or for positioning yourself directly beneath those little misters you can find at finer restaurants in the Valley. But I was about to embark upon a very different Los… »8/24/15 6:30pm8/24/15 6:30pm

Trippy hyperlapse of Los Angeles captures its unique beauty

Los Angeles is too big and unwieldy to be considered a real city, especially since the only aspect of city life is the collective 5 mph spurts on the freeway during rush hour. Not to mention that its machine is responsible for so much that is awful in mainstream culture (celebrities! plastic surgery! excess!) that you… »8/21/15 2:00am8/21/15 2:00am

LA Dumps Millions of Plastic Balls in City Reservoir to Protect Water

If you’re an Angeleno, you’re probably used to the black plastic balls floating in local reservoirs. But the rest of us may be wondering why LA’s turning a massive water source into a goth-looking PlayPlace. The answer? To keep the drought-stricken area’s water clean and protect it from evaporation.
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Frank Gehry Is the Wrong Architect to Revitalize the Los Angeles River

Last month Los Angeles was promised $1.3 billion in federal funding to transform its river from a cinematic cement chute to an honest-to-goodness urban waterway. That great news has been tainted by today’s puzzling announcement that the city has tapped architect Frank Gehry to lead the redevelopment. It’s a really bad… »8/07/15 5:15pm8/07/15 5:15pm

City-Dwelling Coyotes Prefer Urban Spaces Like Their Human Neighbors

Whether they’re howling at fire engines or hanging out in bars, coyotes have become a part of urban life. But a new study of LA coyotes by the National Park System has confirmed something that Angelenos have suspected for years: Coyotes aren’t just sauntering down our streets on their way to the local park. They… »7/29/15 7:35pm7/29/15 7:35pm

These Colorful Patterns Are Famous LA and NYC Neighborhoods From Above

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein is known for getting stunning shots of our culture from above; we previously covered his aerial photographs of cruise ships. For his new series LANY he photographed the two cities from a helicopter. While these views don’t necessarily feel unfamiliar (thanks Google Earth!), his… »7/25/15 1:00pm7/25/15 1:00pm

Los Angeles Is Redesigning the Voting Experience To Be Not Awful

The last time I voted in LA, I used a fat marker to place a black splotch on a Scantron-like form inserted between the pages of a plastic booklet. The form never lined up exactly, and the design of the booklet was so confusing, I’m pretty sure I voted for the wrong person. Now (thankfully) LA is overhauling its… »7/13/15 8:05pm7/13/15 8:05pm

LA Residents Try to Hide Hollywood Sign From Tourists, Except on Airbnb

Last year, a group of homeowners who live in the Hollywood Hills had directions to the Hollywood Sign changed on Google Maps to keep tourists away from their streets. All the tourists, that is, except for the ones who rent their properties on Airbnb. They want those tourists to know exactly where the Hollywood Sign is. »7/09/15 10:00am7/09/15 10:00am

This Photog Uses A Chopper As A Studio To Show LA From A Different Angle

Mike Kelley specializes in industrial and architectural photography, but his real distinctive difference is his choice for a studio. Over the last two years, Kelley has taken to the skies above LA in a helicopter to obtain a sometimes eerie and other times breathtaking collection of images unlike anything we’ve ever… »7/08/15 4:06pm7/08/15 4:06pm

Find Out How Loud Your Neighborhood Is With These Sound Maps

People choose where to live based on all sorts of data: Price, public transit, proximity to pizza chains. But noise is tougher to measure. And since sound is pretty much invisible, you might not know about the nightly clanking from the local concrete recycling plant until you’re all moved in. A new mapping app can… »7/08/15 10:30am7/08/15 10:30am

Here's a Highly Rational, Totally Plausible Fix For Drought In Cities

One big myth about Los Angeles that keeps resurfacing during the drought is that LA is a desert. But that’s wrong—it gets quite a bit of rain every year. As do many actual deserts. The key to preventing scarcity is rethinking how to use the water that gets delivered there naturally. And one simple idea around this… »6/25/15 1:27pm6/25/15 1:27pm

How LA Used Big Data to Build a Smart City in the 1970s

The concept of “smart cities” seems like a contemporary urbanism trend. But as early as the 1960s, cities were using technology to gather, interpret, and visualize civic data. Here’s how a 1974 report by Los Angeles’s Community Analysis Bureau used computer databases, cluster analysis, and infrared aerial photography… »6/22/15 11:15am6/22/15 11:15am

You Can Now Get Your Waze Directions Directly From The Terminator

Whether you’re casually avoiding T-1000s in the San Fernando Valley or involved in a high-speed chase in the bed of the LA River, your navigation can now be voiced by a Terminator Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, thanks to Terminator Genisys’ new partnership with Waze. And yes, it’s really Arnold telling you where to go. »6/15/15 8:07pm6/15/15 8:07pm