June 21, 2009 |
In the late 1960s, a tall and ungainly Englishman named Peter Reyner Banham brought his shaggy beard and wonky teeth to Los Angeles and declared that he loved the city with a passion. It helped that, as a visiting architecture professor (Banham was teaching at USC), he was given some pretty fancy digs: He stayed in Greene & Greene's Gamble house in Pasadena, one of the most beautiful and romantic houses in America. So Banham had a privileged base from which to explore.
March 11, 2011 |
Before we begin, a moment of silence please for all the brick and mortar that made the ultimate sacrifice for "Battle: Los Angeles. " Sob. Let me just grab a tissue. Sorry. Let us not forget the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air either. The pyrotechnics are patriotic, sizable, and clearly the star of "Battle: Los Angeles," so don't let the tight shots of Aaron Eckhart's chiseled jaw and cleft chin fool you. The movie, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, is very much in the tradition of those old World War II films you find on late-night cable with rickety fighter planes engaged in long skirmishes that you can't follow all that well except you know a few good men are trying to save the day. But with less story and instead of Germans or Japanese for hostiles, we get hordes of vengeful aliens, their monstrous UFOs choking the L.A. skies like rush hour on the 405. Chris Bertolini's script is totally predictable from the first few moments when Eckhart's Marine staff sergeant signs his discharge papers only to have them put on hold.
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April 24, 2013 |
They say one of the best things about California is you can snowboard, surf, hike a mountain and walk in a desert all in one day. But on the other end of the spectrum, you can also sit idling in your car for an hour trying to accomplish all those things. In what will come as a surprise to virtually no Southern California commuter, Los Angeles has once again earned the dubious distinction of having the worst traffic in the United States, according to an annual congestion scorecard.
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October 10, 2008 |
What does Angels owner Arte Moreno have in common with a long-dead Broadway producer and a smelly Chicago goat? Answer: Each played a leading role in cursing a successful baseball franchise. The producer was Harry Frazee, the Boston Red Sox owner who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920. Ruth went on to have a fine career; the Red Sox, after winning five of baseball's first 15 World Series, didn't win another one for 84 years.
June 13, 2013 |
With condo buildings sprouting from vacant lots and talk of lifting height restrictions on its high-rises, Hollywood offers one of the best illustrations of Los Angeles' push toward population density. In the heart of this quickly changing neighborhood, in an appropriately tiny storefront gallery, two exhibitions show the direction of L.A. through studies of micro apartments and multifamily apartments. "How Small Is Too Small" and "By-Right/By-Design," running until Aug. 4 at the WuHo Gallery, examine a future that, the exhibits propose, is already partially here.
April 3, 2011
Location: 1647 Mandeville Canyon Road, Los Angeles 90049 Asking price: $7.7 million Previous sales price: The previous house on the property sold in 1996 for $1.8 million. Size: The main house has five bedrooms and six bathrooms in 5,323 square feet. The guest house is about 2,300 square feet. Lot size: Three-quarters of an acre Additional features: Stables for five horses with tack and feed rooms, membership in adjacent Sullivan Canyon Riding Club, maid/guest quarters, heated concrete floors, GE Monogram appliances, kiln, motor court of Arizona river bed stones in addition to the two-car garage Around the neighborhood: In 2010, 271 single-family homes sold in the 90049 ZIP Code at a median price of $1,715,000, according to DataQuick Information Systems.