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Rudolph Schindler’s Only Church is Resurrected

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Architecture enthusiasts and members of the Faith-Build International community are rejoicing in the re-opening of the Bethlehem church on Compton Avenue, designed in the mid-1940s by Modernist pioneer Rudolph Schindler. But did Schindler, a progressive thinker, come to design this radical church in that location at that time?

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It Can Happen: A Los Angeles Pothole Gets Filled

Posted March 14, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Next to other drivers, the biggest scourge for Angeleno motorists might be the city’s countless potholes. And the City has a 70-year backlog of requests to have them remedied. But Mayor Garcetti and some councilmembers have announced a “blitz” on potholes. But are they actually being filled? DnA bore witness to the filling of one pothole in Atwater Village.

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More Twists for Culver Ice Arena: Planet Granite Pulls Out of Lease, After Old Ice Declared Unsafe

Posted February 13, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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In a story with as many twists as an Olympic figure skater, the fate of the Culver Ice Arena is in the balance, again. Planet Granite, the rock climbing company expected to start decommissioning the rink this spring, has pulled out of its lease, just days after safety inspectors declared the ice unsafe.
Fans of the 52 year-old rink have protested its expected closure for weeks. For …

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Creative Industries Fuel California’s Economy; Still, Could They Use a Boost?

Posted February 12, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Last Friday Otis College of Art and Design issued its biannual report on the “creative economy.” This report, developed with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, estimates the numbers of people who are involved in “creative industries,” ranging from entertainment and fashion to toy design and architecture, and the contribution they make to the economy.
To date the study has focused on Los Angeles, but this year Robert A. Kleinhenz, …

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Get Your Legos on This Weekend

Posted February 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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The Lego Movie opens this weekend, riding a huge wave of positive critical reviews– striking given the pervasive skepticism that has preceded its release.

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Might Culver Ice Arena Get a Reprieve? New Document Adds Unexpected Twist

Posted January 29, 2014 by | 23 Comments

Culver Ice Arena is due to close on February 2nd, because the current operator cannot pay an almost doubled rent.
But there has been such a public outcry at the loss of the rink that the Culver City Council has looked into ways to save it and this week staffers unearthed a document that might affect the transition. The document – a Use Variance granted in 1960 – reveals that …

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L.A. Poverty Billboards: A “Simple and Direct” Call to Action

Posted January 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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In an effort to highlight the population of Los Angeles workers who earn a ‘poverty’ salary, and to urge Angelenos to support living wage measures, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has paid for a month-long campaign of seven billboards that mimic the sign that reminds drivers of a city’s population when leaving or entering its limits. But the figure on these boards is the number of people living on or below the poverty line.

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This Week on DnA: The Fight to Save an Ice Rink, and a Liveable LA, in an Age of “Her;” McMansion V Megamansion in Everything Talks

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Angelenos fight to save an ice rink, as rising land values threaten quality of life, and Planet Granite responds. LA natives and urban critics debate the emerging LA of ‘Her.’

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The Fight to Save an Ice Rink; Planet Granite Responds

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Angelenos fight to save an ice rink, as rising land values threaten quality of life.

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Skaters Try and Stop Closure of 52-Year Old Culver Ice Arena

Posted January 13, 2014 by | 16 Comments
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If buildings could weep, the Culver Ice Arena would do so. The popular facility faces closure February 2nd, because the costly-to-maintain rink cannot meet an almost doubled rent of $63,000 per month.
It is expected to be replaced by Planet Granite, a Bay Area based rock-climbing, yoga and fitness company.
Thousands of past and present skaters and Culver City residents are fighting to keep the Arena open; this past …

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