Impressive images of massive fire in downtown Los Angeles

"A massive fire in downtown Los Angeles early today engulfed an apartment tower that was under construction, damaged two other buildings and left freeways and roads closed," reports the LA Times. This image by Gautam Trivedi is impressive, almost like the aftermath of a nuclear mushroom. » 12/08/14 12:15pm 12/08/14 12:15pm

There Is No Such Thing As An Unbiased Map

Who knew that asking for directions to the Hollywood Sign could be such a complicated question? Well, it is. After writing recently that a group of residents have succeeded in effectively erasing the Hollywood Sign from Google Maps to lead tourists astray, I was floored by the response that came from every corner of… » 12/05/14 3:15pm 12/05/14 3:15pm

Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it's also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms… » 11/21/14 1:42pm 11/21/14 1:42pm

Why Today's Architects Build Digital Cities Instead of Scale Models

When I was a grad student in architecture school in the 80s, one of our professors was on a mission. Every semester he'd give a design project in downtown Manhattan, asking his students to spend the first two weeks of the term building a beautiful wood model of the surrounding site. The next year he would move to a… » 10/02/14 11:06am 10/02/14 11:06am

Why Sprawling LA Could Be Denser Than NYC in a Decade

By 2025, the biggest cities in the world will not only be bigger, but exceptionally denser. According to a new study, Hong Kong will be the densest megacity on the planet, almost twice as crowded as the runner up. And here in the U.S.—and this might be a real shocker—Los Angeles may be more dense than New York City. » 9/24/14 7:30pm 9/24/14 7:30pm

Driving in Los Angeles somehow looks awesome in this time lapse

I hate driving, I really do. I especially hate driving in Los Angeles. And even though I know it's impossible and unreal for me to ever feel this cool driving (unless I turn into Ryan Gosling), this time lapse by Gavin Heffernan makes me want to get in my car and drive through Los Angeles forever. » 9/20/14 12:49am 9/20/14 12:49am

LA Schools Are Giving Back Grenade Launchers (But Keeping the Tank)

Los Angeles School Police Department announced this week that it would be sending some controversial surplus military equipment back to the federal government. Specifically, the school police will send back three grenade launchers. In related news, LA school police had grenade launchers. » 9/17/14 1:55pm 9/17/14 1:55pm

Flooding, Anti-Vaxxers, Museums: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Flooding in Pakistan has stranded hundreds of thousands of people, an anti-vaccination movement trending in L.A.'s most affluent neighborhoods is causing a whooping cough epidemic, and one broken air conditioner could destroy Rome's most priceless art. Hope you're comfortable, this week's What's Ruining Our Cities is… » 9/14/14 3:00pm 9/14/14 3:00pm

Why Scientists Dig Trenches To Find Hidden Fault Lines in Cities

Thanks to our asphalt-giddy behavior, we've all but paved over the fault lines that zigzag through some of our riskiest seismic zones. A new video shows how a team of geologists and engineers in LA have been digging a hole to find the exact location of a fault which could prove to be especially destructive. » 9/08/14 8:30pm 9/08/14 8:30pm