Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury lived in the same house in Cheviot Hills for 50 years. A couple years ago architect Thom Mayne, and wife Blythe Alison-Mayne, bulldozed it to build a new home. They promised a “very, very modest” house that would honor Bradbury in its design. Now that home is almost complete. Did they deliver?
Some LA City councilmembers want to ban campaign contributions from developers whose projects are before City Hall. Is this a necessary step in cleaning up the dirty politics of land-use, or “misdirection” from the real problem: a dysfunctional planning process that ill serves a city in need of smart, optimistic thinking about how to grow for the future?
Downtown Santa Monica is being transformed into a dense, walkable community of mixed-use buildings attractive to young and old. But citizens living outside the urban core are angered by what they see as over-development and traffic congestion and are fighting to limit downtown’s growth.