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Everything Talks: Who Killed The Plastic Bag?

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Large supermarket chains in Los Angeles are banned from bagging food in plastic bags. Starting July 1st that rule applies to mom-and-pop grocery stores as well.
This has paper and reusable bags feeling very pleased with themselves, as we learn from an episode of Everything Talks that takes place in the line of a Wholefoods store, written and performed for DnA by Tom Saunders. Shockingly, …

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Miracle Mile Gets Curvaceous Makeover

Posted June 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The LA architect Zoltan Pali recently exited the design team for the museum for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, reportedly due to differences over the plan for an attached auditorium in a “spaceship” designed by co-architect Renzo Piano, the famed Italian designer of BCAM, the Resnick Pavilion and the recent master planning of the museum campus.
But that’s not the only upheaval …

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Tesla Tosses Patents: Disruptive Altruism or Good Business?

Posted June 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The message from Silicon Valley is that patents are worth protecting, hoarding and fighting about in court.
So what are we to conclude from Elon Musk’s announcement last week that he was tossing all Tesla’s hard-won patents?
Musk wrote on the Tesla blog:
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have …

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Becoming a Biking City: Showdown Over Fig4All

Posted June 12, 2014 by | 20 Comments
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South Fig is becoming a “complete” street; North Fig may not, despite years of efforts to introduce a bike lane and “calming” measures on a dangerous stretch of road in Highland Park. A meeting tonight will bring out hundreds in a test of LA’s progress in changing its infrastructure in keeping with changing times.

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Preservation Watch: Save the “Mother Ditch”?

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Earlier this month, workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development “discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles’ first municipal water system, an  ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city,” reported The Los Angeles Times. “The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little  Joe’s restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or …

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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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