Living well in 275 square feet: Scott Elyanow makes his tiny space work with “purges” and clever storage. A New York pilot program signals growing interest in shrinking housing.
[Best advice for getting rid of clutter: Take pictures of the clothes you’re only holding onto for sentimental value, then give those clothes away. Genius. —S.]
Photo: Scott Elyanow lives in a 275 square-foot apartment in New York’s West Village. He says he enjoys keeping his life uncluttered. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
Atlantic on the move: As Los Angeles’ boulevards reassert their place in the public realm, the transformation along Atlantic offers glimpses of a new city identity taking shape.
This is the first of an ongoing series on iconic L.A. thoroughfares.
Photo: The view along Atlantic, as seen in Long Beach, showcases the long, meandering path the boulevard takes through Los Angeles. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
I don´t either! Very pertinent. If that photo has some value, is only because it shows a great example of insane planning
Since you guys seem to like Brian van der Brug’s gorgeous aerial photo of Dodger Stadium with downtown in the background, we’ve uploaded it here at 800 pixels wide. You’re welcome!
I don’t see what’s so “gorgeous” about this.
This thing is surrounded by cement. Only way to get to this stadium is by car. Talk about accessible. There should be a light rail line, bus line, and bike path to the entrance of the stadium.
Well that’s horrifying. It’s literally in an ocean of concrete. With so many stadiums (baseball parks in particular) placing an emphasis on transit access it makes me sad to see the Dodgers total lack of progress.
There’s a really interesting conversation happening in the notes of this post about urban planning and development. Admittedly, as an Angeleno, I’m pretty thrilled to see Dodger stadium and downtown juxtaposed at this particular perspective. I should add that the stadium is in Elysian Park, which is nice and big and green makes me forget how much of it is parking space. But! Our story is about what kind of development can be planned for Dodger stadium now that ownership is passing hands. There’s some pertinent information near the end about some of the problems with mass transit, too. So you should take a look.
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Silver Lake gets an unusual new park space: Billed as L.A.’s first “street-to-plaza” conversion, much of Sunset Triangle Plaza originally was a two-lane swath of pavement that carried motorists along Griffith Park Boulevard.
Photo: A section of Griffith Park Boulevard between Maltman Avenue and Edgecliffe Drive in Silver Lake has been closed to traffic and turned into Sunset Triangle Plaza. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
Hollywood gazes into the future and sees skyscrapers: City Council is weighing new zoning guidelines that would allow bigger, taller buildings. Some residents fear more congestion and say the plan is based on faulty census data.
Photo: A pedestrian passes a new high-rise development along Vine Street near Hollywood Boulevard. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
Upscale culture and gang violence share a small space: In San Francisco’s Mission District, gang violence is layered atop the flourishing restaurant and club scene that has grown up in recent years.
Photo: Recent shootings are reminders that half of the one-square-mile Mission District in San Francisco is gang territory. Credit: Robert Galbraith / Reuters
Shifting horizons in Santa Monica parks design: Amid the backdrop of the creation of two connected parks near City Hall is a fascinating interplay of urban design and public engagement.
Photo: Among the planned designs are “overlooks” encased in a basket-like shell. Credit: James Corner Field Operations
David Yoon gives Los Angeles an Old World-style makeover with narrower streets like those in Paris and Rome. Check out his Narrow Streets Los Angeles project — it’s a trip.
Scientists find link between urban life and stress:
Offering new meaning to the expression “tough town,” German and Canadian neuroscientists have shown that living in a city — or being raised in one — is associated with differences in the way the brain handles stress.
The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, marks the first time researchers have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify specific brain regions that are affected by urban life.
Photo: Living in a city — or being raised in one — is associated with differences in the way the brain handles stress, scientists reported in the journal Nature. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles city attorney’s office today accused officials at Deutsche Bank, a German financial institution, of being among “the largest slumlords in Los Angeles” and filed a lawsuit asking a judge to fine the company hundreds of millions of dollars and issue an injunction forcing it to clean up the foreclosed properties it owns in Los Angeles. Jessica Garrison reports:
After a yearlong investigation, city officials claimed in court papers that Deutsche Bank has illegally evicted tenants, shut off their water and power and then let hundreds of properties turn into graffiti-scarred dens for squatters, gang members and other criminals, destroying quality of life and driving up crime in the process.
This photo caption has been corrected.
Each spring thousands of Angelenos leave the city in search of the wildflower displays of Anza Borrego, Death Valley and the Antelope Valley. But wildflowers permeate our urban landscape as well — popping up along freeways and in abandoned lots and sidewalk cracks — providing car commuters and pavement pushers a colorful reminder of spring.
Photo: California poppies next to a pedestrian bridge in Ballona Creek just west of Overland Avenue in Culver City. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times
For the record, 11 a.m. April 19: A previous caption for this photo incorrectly identified the scene as being in Playa del Rey.
Reyner Banham’s 1971 book “Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies” is one of the April picks for Culture Monster’s Reading L.A. series. Ah, what is Reading L.A.? It’s Christopher Hawthorne’s yearlong project reading through 27 of the most significant books on Southern California architecture and urbanism. See the complete list of books or read the latest posts on Culture Monster.
We’re in the middle of Banham’s book now. Here’s a great retrospective review from 2009.
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times Tumblr using TiltShift Generator
Yesterday, we linked to an urban guerrilla design story on GOOD that featured some L.A. neighborhoods. GOOD’s theme for their most recent quarterly is Cities, with a special focus on Los Angeles. They’re publishing the stories online bit by bit; here are some up right now.
The waterless city
Can L.A. ever get water from local sources?
The end of traffic
The future is bright in Los Angeles
Finding Tarzan at the sanitation department
Taking a tour with the Center for Land Use Interpretation
Illegal front-lawn businesses flourish in East and South L.A.
The life, near-death, and fate of the L.A. Times
The L.A. Times is dead. Long live the L.A. Times
Fictional map of L.A.
An illustration based on the issue’s theme
Photo: GOOD’s 23rd issue. Credit: Jonathan Sager, Keith Scharwath / GOOD