Ask Your Questions About Finding and Mapping Lost Urban History

Los Angeles is no stranger to failed infrastructural schemes and vanished landscapes. But did you know that a nine-mile bike highway once traveled part of the way from LA to the nearby city of Pasadena? It’s one of 19 map-annotated essays about the city featured in the new book LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas. » 4/29/15 2:00pm 4/29/15 2:00pm

Spectacular aerial photos of Los Angeles shows it like you never seen it

Photographer Vincent LaForet took his camera and a helicopter and captured the City of Angels at night like no one has ever done before. The detail in each shot is unbelievable and the colors almost feel unreal. It’s like seeing a neon glow spread itself all across the giant, beautiful city that is Los Angeles. » 4/28/15 7:37am 4/28/15 7:37am

An 1899 Plan to Build A Bike Highway in Los Angeles (And Why It Failed)

Over a century ago, the California Cycleway promised an elevated, dedicated bike path from Los Angeles to the nearby city of Pasadena. In this excerpt from the new book LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas, author Dan Koeppel tracks its path through Southern California—and discovers why it was never finished. » 4/27/15 4:35pm 4/27/15 4:35pm

Video: Imagining how beautiful cities would look without light pollution

It’s easy to remember how big the universe is when you can just stare up at the night sky and find an uncountable number of stars and see every color of the cosmos staring right back at you. But it’s not like that anymore. Now we’re surrounded by city lights of our own creation and hiding the rest of the universe… » 4/21/15 11:41pm 4/21/15 11:41pm

Cecil B. DeMille Kept a Wolf and Guns To Defend Against Edison's Thugs

Why did Southern California become the epicenter of the American film industry? The nice weather certainly helped. But there's another element that modern Hollywood probably hopes you'd forget: Rampant piracy. Even though it was just the piracy of movie camera tech rather than the Jack Sparrow variety, there were… » 1/29/15 4:15pm 1/29/15 4:15pm

15 Things the Hollywood Sign Has Said Besides "Hollywood"

Thanks to the reopening of a key hiking trail, a lot more people will now get to take pictures of the famous Hollywood sign. It wasn't always like this. Over the years, the iconic word-on-a-hilltop has been altered by everyone from pot heads to protestors to say things other than "Hollywood." Some of them are pretty… » 1/07/15 9:47am 1/07/15 9:47am

What Christmas looks like in Los Angeles

It was 77 degrees in LA today which is what qualifies as Christmas here. Who needs a white Christmas, the sprawling city of Los Angeles sure doesn't need pea coats or functional (not fashionable) scarves or snow shovels or visible breath to celebrate Christmas. Paddle boards and a beach will do just fine. » 12/24/14 8:12pm 12/24/14 8:12pm

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