Eric Spiegelman grew up in a six-car family in the San Fernando Valley and has lived in Los Angeles for the majority of his life. At the end of May, he let the lease on his Volkswagen CC expire, opting to live car-free in a city synonymous with car culture.
It started with Instagram. Or maybe it ended with Instagram.
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Money, murder, and sadomasochism: A journey into the hidden world of the Los Angeles tech boom. August 29, 2015, is a hot night on Venice Beach. Normally the superheated inland desert sucks the damp air off the ocean, blanketing the coast with a layer of moisture all the way to the 405.
Some of the poorest people in the city spend their days in the shadow of Los Angeles City Hall, napping on flattened cardboard boxes. On any given day, as many as 20 people take to the City Hall lawn, across the street from LAPD headquarters.
Free activities here and free activities there! Wherever you look, L.A.'s got your budget covered. The first installment of 100 free things to do in Los Angeles is to get out there and do stuff. So what are you waiting for? Discover L.A. today. 1.
Hardline tactics succeed in keeping outsiders away from Boyle Heights, the Latino community that is the last holdout to Los Angeles gentrification Hardline tactics succeed in keeping outsiders away from Boyle Heights, the Latino community that is the last holdout to Los Angeles gentrification 12.
LOS ANGELES — On Saturday, I went to a symphony hall and had an experience unlike any I’ve had before. At 11:30 p.m., a couple thousand people stood and cheered for the lush and loud art-rock band Sigur Ros.
The hoariest chestnut in the larder of anti-government conservatives is that government should be run like a business.
Los Angeles may feature an abundance of holistic arts, yoga and macrobiotic diets, but it’s probably not the first city that comes to mind when you hear the term “eco-friendly.” You can largely thank the 900 miles of freeways and highways in Los Angeles County for that.
LOS ANGELES — When an ambitious Civil War colonel from Ohio seized control of a fledgling daily newspaper here in the late 19th century, Los Angeles was a rough-hewed frontier town with no paved streets and a population of a few thousand people. The newspaper was four pages and cost a penny.
If you’ve followed our blog for awhile you’re probably familiar with the big 40 Fun & Free Things To Do post we did last year. Well, over the past few weeks I’ve spent some time re-curating that list, pruning it, and making adjustments for a summer 2015 re-release.
LOS ANGELES — When the so-called subway to the sea began running between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica this year, it was greeted with a kind of revelry and attention usually reserved for only the hottest celebrity-studded film screenings.
THERE is a new way to travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco. At $230 for a round trip, it may not be cheaper than flying, but at least it is slower. Cabin is an interesting experiment; an attempt to compete with airlines by promising a better night’s sleep.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It was long past time for Jeanie Buss to head home. Her headache had turned into a full-blown migraine hours ago -- spots in her field of vision; throbbing at the back of her skull; the works. It was 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb.
LOS ANGELES — The powerful economic resurgence that has swept Southern California is on display almost everywhere here, visible in the construction cranes towering on the skyline and the gush of applications to build luxury ho
LOS ANGELES — Construction cranes dot the sky from Century City to the Sunset Strip. Once-downtrodden blocks downtown and in Venice are bustling with restaurants, coffee shops, sparkling new condominiums, theaters and office construction.
“It must have been marvelous when the century was young,” Eve Babitz wrote of the Garden of Allah hotel in 1977. By the time Ms.
For most of the 20th century, Los Angeles was one of America's top economic success stories. From 1910 to 1970, as greater L.A. multiplied its population 21 times, it fostered high-quality growth, zooming up the ranks of income per inhabitant to become America's fourth-ranked metropolitan area.
"You will hate Los Angeles." That’s what English people said to me when they heard I was heading west, to the land of low-fat milk and sugar-free honey. You’ll hate it, and be back in a week. Some of them, I suspect, were showing off their worldliness.
Outsiders stereotype Los Angeles as car-addicted, polluted and lacking in public transit. But the City of Angels has undergone major changes over the past few decades. LA is moving toward a greener future, friendlier to pedestrians, metro users and bicyclists.
He argued that the freeway had expanded “the realm of the accessible” for drivers in Southern California — that it was a powerfully democratic force, in essence — and lent “a new clarity” to a vast metropolitan region that newcomers had long found illegible and tough to grasp.
OWENS LAKE, Calif. — For 24 years, traveling across the stark and dusty moonscape of what once was a glimmering 110-square-mile lake framed by snow-covered mountains, Ted Schade was a general in the Owens Valley water wars with Los Angeles.
Stunned by the Watts riots, the L.A. Times struggled to make sense of the violence Aug. 12, 2015 Almost all of them are dead now.
On the western side of the San Fernando Valley, behind the bleachers of Canoga Park High School, two concrete drainage ditches merge. Here in parched Southern California, barely a trickle runs through these channels.
My exit from Los Angeles could not have been more Los Angeles. I was late leaving for the airport. There was traffic on the 110, which made me later still. My friend behind the wheel got pulled over less than 100 yards from the LAX exit. Somehow I made it anyway.
LOS ANGELES — American orchestras are supposed to be in crisis, fighting for economic survival and cultural relevance. But no one seems to have told the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which, two years shy of its centennial, is stronger than ever.
Feature: Los Angeles is turning into a "dystopia gone right" and is now the most interesting place in the USA for new architecture, according to international and local studios who are prospering from the city's combination of low rents and big projects.
If the airport’s experimental team succeeds, every critical infrastructure site in the world might soon have its own in-house intel operation. No one paid the car any attention as it crept forward through morning traffic at LAX.
Chris Paul is gone. Blake Griffin is hobbled and halfway out the door. Doc is on the golf course. The other Los Angeles NBA team is in peril. But Bill Simmons has the answers.My feelings weren’t hurt when Steve Ballmer hired Jerry West as a consultant to the Clippers.
LOS ANGELES — They lean unsteadily on canes and walkers, or roll along the sidewalks of Skid Row here in beat-up wheelchairs, past soiled sleeping bags, swaying tents and piles of garbage. They wander the streets in tattered winter coats, even in the warmth of spring.
Los Angeles conjures a particular image in the popular imagination: sprawling and spacious, dotted with single-family homes and riddled with traffic.
Elon Musk, a man of means by no means, released a batch of new images and videos from his latest high-concept tunnel venture, The Boring Company. But before you click play, grab your Dramamine because this may make you a little queasy.
The once alternative city by the bay has become a playground for tech billionaires, so its artists are fleeing to an unlikely new home: la-la-land 06.00 EDT Last modified on Friday 14 July 2017 14.
Rafaela Tijerina first met la señora at a school in the town of Lost Hills, deep in the farm country of California’s Central Valley. They were both there for a school board meeting, and the superintendent had failed to show up.
LOS ANGELES — It is a 25-minute drive from Hollywood to Salazar, a Sonoran barbecue restaurant on the site of an abandoned auto body repair shop in Frogtown, an eclectic neighborhood ringed by power lines and factories that is better known for its hist
This week we asked for your tips on visiting or living in Los Angeles, the Albany of the West. You delivered. (Thanks to the commenters who suggested “Don’t go to L.A.” Your usefulness cannot be understated.) Here are your best suggestions for the whole greater Los Angeles area.
There’s a woman who wants to get rid of the Hollywood Sign. I can’t blame the impulse: It looks so good attacked by tornadoes and aliens; there’s such a rush in the slow creak and the quick crunch as the corrugated letters peel from their scaffolding and fly off away from Mount Lee.
LOS ANGELES — At the end of a narrow, twisting side street not far from the Hotel Bel-Air rises a knoll that until recently was largely covered with scrub brush and Algerian ivy. Now the hilltop is sheared and graded, girded by caissons sprouting exposed rebar.
In the early 13th century, a wealthy merchant’s son knelt before a crucifix in a small, crumbling chapel near Assisi, a village in Italy, and received a message from the Lord: “Go, Francis, and repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin.
We recently shared a few of our favorite foods under $10 in and around Los Angeles — and then we asked the BuzzFeed Community to share theirs. Here’s what they said. A French dip sandwich at Philippe The Original. Where: 1001 N. Alameda Street, Los AngelesCost: A regular French Dip is $6.
LOS ANGELES — What happened to the “gangbanger,” the figure who ruled hip-hop — and, seemingly, the streets of America’s cities — from the late 1980s to the end of the millennium? Americans projected their racial and social anxieties onto this figure, inflating h
The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from technology giant Apple over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator.
LA’s infamous ‘homeless neighbourhood’ has become a critical location in the city’s attempts to transform its downtown heart. But how do the people who actually live there feel about this blighted, vibrant community?
Readers of this blog are probably quite familiar with the annual “fun and free things to do in L.A.” lists I’ve put together over the last couple years.
When a new restaurant called Everytable opens on Saturday in the poverty-stricken area of Los Angeles known as South L.A., a grab-and-go Jamaican jerk chicken bowl with coconut rice, beans, plantains and carrots will be the most expensive meal on the menu at $4.50.
I’d seen them before; this time I said hello. Margaret and her son Chris told me they live in their car.
This is a story about hate. Not hate in the contemporary usage, in which the word is indiscriminately deployed as a cheap defense against unwelcome opinions. ("You think Kobe shoots too much? You're just a hater.")
I tried to persuade myself, to be OK with it all. Nearly two years earlier I had left Los Angeles. For a while I didn’t think I was coming back, but L.A. had something on me and back I came. I washed away the sticky dust under which my car had disappeared and emptied out my storage room.
They know the end is near, which is why the young men and women of Boyle Heights have taken to the streets with such fury, clad in bandanas, hoisting placards that leave little room for compromise. They’ve been charged with promoting violence and anti-white racism, but they don’t care.
Left: Los Angeles street lined with Washingtonia filifera, c. 1925. “Piety and Perversity: The Palms of Los Angeles” is part of a collaborative series the Los Angeles Review of Books curated with Flaunt magazine for its 15th anniversary issue (“The Selfie Issue”).
I circled the block a few times, adamant that I would not pay $9 to park in order to buy a $5 cup of coffee. Fortunately, I found a spot on the street, but not before getting yelled at twice by motorists who were mad at me for blocking them as I waited for the space.
CURTIS HOWARD, an ex-serviceman and former truck driver, received a startling piece of post at his San Fernando Valley apartment recently. “EVICTION NOTICE” it read in red capital letters. “You are ordered to vacate the premises described in the writ no latter than 3/07, 2017.
Good morning. The train’s operation was halted in 1969 to make way for new development, then again in 2001 after a fatal accident. In 2013, it stopped a third time when a car derailed.
When outsiders—particularly East Coasters—come to Los Angeles, they enjoy our good weather and tacos for a few days. Then many go home to dismiss us to their friends as a culturally flat, vapid mass of Botox and broken dreams, with great produce. They’re not all wrong.
The ascendancy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is the salient event in American orchestral life of the past twenty-five years. In 1992, the L.A.
The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it’s also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway.
In the 1960s, British architectural critic Reyner Banham declared his love for the city that his fellow intellectuals hated. What Banham wrote about Los Angeles redefined how the world perceived it – but what would he think of LA today?