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August 22, 2009 | Debra Lee Baldwin
Apartment dwellers with no room for potting up plants now have a place to do it. "This is the kind of shop I longed for during the 10 years I lived in the city," says Felix Navarro, 35, who recently opened the Juicy Leaf in Venice. Navarro, who specializes in container gardens, named the store for the sculptural succulents that characterize his designs. As he creates sleek compositions on the store's small patio, a nearby planting station makes puttering possible for customers.
April 21, 2014 | By Daniel K. Gardner
Premier Li Keqiang wants to wean the Chinese economy off its dependence on export trade in cheap electronics, clothes, toys and tchotchkes of all variety. Let the Chinese people consume instead, he says, and let them consume products and services of high value. But how do you take a developing country like China, where saving has traditionally been favored over spending, and transform it into a nation of mass consumers? Simple, Li explains: You urbanize it, because city dwellers earn much more and spend much more.
December 10, 2005
ROBERT HILBURN'S review of Keith Urban was Scrooge-like ["Charm and Looks Aren't Everything," Dec. 8]. I find Keith's music to be mesmerizing, meaningful and unforgettable. He is an amazing talent, an awesome guitarist and vocalist, and simply the best entertainer I've ever had the pleasure of seeing in concert. KATHLEEN JOHNSTON Grand Prairie, Texas
April 20, 2014 | By David Colker
Robert Olsen, a critically acclaimed artist known for his luminescent paintings of outdoor urban objects such as gas pumps and ATMs, would drive around Los Angeles all night looking for interesting items to photograph and then later paint. "I try to isolate the ubiquitous," Olsen said to a reporter who accompanied him on a drive for a 2002 Los Angeles Times article . "I like to look at these things as mathematical models. " Times art critic Christopher Knight chose Olsen, whose works almost never portrayed humans, as one of L.A.'s top painters under 45 . "The pictures have the specificity and presence of portraiture," Knight wrote in 2007, "resonating with the bleak beauty of American life today.
November 5, 2006
WHEN I heard the news of Keith Urban's rehab I was saddened almost to tears for the tremendous pain he must be in ["October Surprise, Oct. 29]. Then it dawned on me he could be being laid to rest on his birthday instead, and that would have been horrible. Urban is alive to see his 39th birthday -- that is reason enough to be happy. JANICE I. LEJEUNE Estherwood, La. IT has been a strange week for us Keith Urban fans. We are trying to keep the faith and defend him to others but sensationalist "journalism" and the tabloids are not helping.
October 4, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
City planners, nutritionists and others have been pushing urban farming in recent years, but the movement appears to have taken a different twist in Chicago. Police there have seized about 1,500 plants worth as much as $10 million from an outdoor marijuana farm. The plants were growing on an area the size of two football fields near Bishop Ford Freeway on the city's far South Side. A police helicopter spotted the bright green plants from the air and, by Wednesday, authorities had confirmed the finding and taken control of the plants.
February 17, 1991
I couldn't agree more with your editorial sentiments expressed in "Crocodile Tears Over Deer" (Feb. 1). The Board of Supervisors has consistently done a lousy job of protecting our wildlife. We don't need to approve more housing tracts in the last remaining wild areas of our county. You were 100% correct when you said hunting is not the biggest danger to our wildlife. The biggest killer of wildlife is our nonstop urban sprawl. BILL BECK, Newport Beach
January 18, 2005
In "Rush to Glory" [Jan. 11], the photo of Jamie Thomas shows him not on the rail but ollieing over the rail. This ollie, known as the "leap of faith," was made famous in the 1997 Zero Skateboards video "Thrill of It All." Erik Haberstroh Westlake Village
February 1, 2004
Re "Casino Foe Plans a Third Initiative," Jan 28: Allow an increase in the number of slots at tribal casinos? Absolutely not. The chaotic system of tribal gaming has reached catastrophic proportions statewide, with off-reservation effects such as groundwater depletion, increased traffic accidents on substandard routes and local land-use planning running amok. Cropping up in the unincorporated areas, tribal casinos are equivalent to cities lacking a master plan. Fifty-four casinos, some with hotels, require water, wastewater removal capacity and emergency services to accommodate an average of 8,000 patrons per facility each day. Urban tribal casinos should be one strategy of former Judge Daniel Kolkey's negotiations with the tribes, as a way to solve some of the state's woes.
September 8, 2001
Re "The Urban Divide," Opinion, Sept. 2: Does Joel Kotkin really expect us to believe that it's better to be poor in Houston than in Rotterdam or Paris? Immigrants in Holland's suburbs go to schools as good as those in wealthy neighborhoods in the United States. The French can visit private physicians on a couple of hours' notice and pay $20. In Copenhagen, Iraqi immigrants, many of them torture victims, receive inexpensive housing, free language instruction and free medical and psychiatric treatment.
April 18, 2014 | By Marissa Gluck
It's been more than 40 years since architects started embracing green design principles. Spurred by the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s, architects began to think about building homes that were more environmentally friendly. Today, green has become standard even as the term itself reaches saturation. Green features such as solar panels, low-flow shower heads and tankless water heaters, once considered cutting-edge, are now commonplace in Southern California. Nearly a quarter of all newly built homes in the U.S. last year were green, according to industry research firm McGraw Hill Construction.
April 13, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The contrast between nostalgia for the Los Angeles River and the reality of it today could not be sharper than at its confluence with the Arroyo Seco, a big, desolate flood-control channel strewn with trash and hemmed by freeways, power lines and railroad yards. Nagged by a sense that a real river lay entombed in all that concrete, L.A. poet Lewis MacAdams and two friends, fortified by coffee and brandy, in 1985 used wire cutters to snip a hole in the fence that separated the river from the city.
March 28, 2014 | By Jon Christensen
When people say that Los Angeles is hard to read, as they often do, they're usually not talking about books. They're talking about the city itself or rather the megalopolis, made up of dozens of cities. It is this sprawling, tangled, confusing, seemingly homogenous but in fact diverse, mixed-up urban and suburban landscape that people describe as illegible. Edward Soja, a geographer at UCLA, has spent much of his long career trying to read Los Angeles. Along the way, he developed innovative and sometimes controversial theories of urbanization and became a founder of a dynamic "L.A.
March 17, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
At what point does necessary regulation become unnecessary red tape? The answer lies in the eye of the beholder, but anyone who has ever dealt with an urban construction or major reconstruction project will argue that the line was crossed long ago. Miami-based New Urbanism architect and planner Andrés Duany hopes to find a way to help cut through the tape with the concept of “lean urbanism.” Last month he picked up a $600,000 grant...
March 12, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
The Los Angeles edition of the Architecture & Design Film Festival kicks off its five-day salute to art, architecture, design, fashion and urban planning Wednesday with showings of "If You Build It," "Design Is One: Massimo & Leila Vignelli" and "16 Acres. " The L.A. film festival, running through Sunday, will feature 30 recent feature-length and short films from around the world. "There is something for everyone who likes design at the festival," said the festival's founder and director, architect Kyle Bergman.
March 4, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Looking beyond the deficit battles and financial crises of years past, President Obama put forward a $3.9-trillion budget proposal Tuesday that set out a wish list of programs on education, infrastructure, job training and urban revitalization, adding policy details to his rhetorical promises to bridge the gap between rich and poor. Like any president's annual budget blueprint, Obama's stands no chance of being adopted as is by Congress. This year, the prospects are especially dim since Congress recently approved a two-year spending deal after years of ugly budget fights, and there is little interest in reopening the debate.
January 20, 2009 | Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic
When it comes to describing the lives of cities, big crowds can be unreliable narrators. They come together, after all, only in moments that are by definition out of the ordinary. Measuring the character of an American city -- or, trickier yet, the character of American urbanism -- by the size or behavior of a popular mass is a bit like making up your mind about a person based entirely on how he conducts himself at weddings, funerals and high school reunions. And yet I found myself drawn this week to Washington, joining at least 1 million other Americans making a midwinter, mid-recession pilgrimage, precisely by the idea that the masses of people filling the capital this week say something meaningful about how cities and our conception of public space might change during Barack Obama's presidency.
March 9, 2003 | Elaine Dutka
It wasn't until he portrayed a mumbling crook in 1995's "The Usual Suspects" that Benicio Del Toro's sleepy good looks became readily recognizable to mainstream moviegoers. Three years ago, critical mass turned into critical raves as the native of Puerto Rico accepted a Screen Actors Guild best actor award and a best supporting actor Oscar, just for starters, for playing a conflicted Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic." Del Toro, 36, can next be seen as a former special forces assassin gone bonkers in William Friedkin's "The Hunted," due out Friday.
March 4, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
Ohio State football Coach Urban Meyer had surgery to drain a brain cyst last weekend but that didn't keep him from supervising the team's first spring practice Tuesday. “I've had it for several years,” Meyer said, according to the Associated Press. “It's a cyst, an arachnoid cyst. It surfaced a couple of times, once in '98 and once in '04 and a couple of other times. It's just something you've got to manage.” The coach had been experiencing headaches for several weeks.
February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Imagine a Baja hoodie, the ultimate in surfer slouch wear, done in the softest sand-colored suede; a baseball cap rendered in sleek snakeskin; or a pair of sweatpants made of the most cush cashmere, paired with a designer T-shirt emblazoned with the low-brow term, "drug rug. " "Loose luxe" is how New York-based designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon describe the look of Baja East, their new unisex label launching this season. "When we were thinking about our product and our brand, we saw big potential in the men's department," Targon says.
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