The Train Tunnel in This 1898 Film Is Now Part of Pacific Coast Highway

Santa Monica's McClure Tunnel—is there a more dramatic 400 feet of roadway in all the Southland? First, the daylight fades as you leave behind the Santa Monica Freeway and plunge through the tunnel's eastern portal. The road curves through the darkness, and then a new world flashes before you. As your eyes readjust,… » 4/30/14 2:42pm 4/30/14 2:42pm

Synanon's Sober Utopia: How a Drug Rehab Program Became a Violent Cult

In 1970, George Lucas needed dozens of actors with shaved heads for his sci-fi dystopian movie THX 1138. He had trouble filling the roles at first, since so few actresses wanted to cut their locks, but Lucas eventually found the extras he needed in a strange utopian community where everyone worshipped sobriety and… » 4/15/14 2:04pm 4/15/14 2:04pm

Three of the World's Prettiest Parking Garages Are In One Small City

Parking garages are ugly by their very nature: They're metal cages that take up valuable space in our cities to house our automobiles for a few high-priced hours. But not all garages have to be ugly. In fact, three of the most beautiful are located within a few blocks of each other, in the city of Santa Monica,… » 4/14/14 5:20pm 4/14/14 5:20pm

Driverless cars as life savers, pigeons as pedestrians, lip readers as crime stoppers, and alcoholics as city employees. These are just a few of the urban reads on our radar this week. » 11/25/13 3:40pm 11/25/13 3:40pm

Glass Apple Store Gets Green Light

Remember that Apple Store made entirely out of glass? Yes, the one that has sides not made of glass because it's between two bloody buildings? Well, it's has been approved by Santa Monica's Planning Commission. » 8/18/11 9:54am 8/18/11 9:54am

New Apple Store To Be Made Entirely Out of Glass

Forget about the Apple glass cube. This store has been presented today at the Santa Monica Planning Commission by some "ASB/Blatteis Promenade Holdings, LLC". Who could be the actual retailer? There's only two possibilities here: Apple or Apple. » 8/17/11 1:50pm 8/17/11 1:50pm

Santa Monica's 160,000 LED Ferris Wheel Powered By The Sun

Santa Monica has delivered a bright and shiny upgrade to its Pacific Ferris Wheel, dismantling the old one to make way for a new behemoth that boasts 160,000 LED lights. The 90-foot ride, manufactured by Chance Morgan Rides, delivers visual performances every night and cost the city $1.5 million. Thanks to solar… » 6/07/08 8:00pm 6/07/08 8:00pm