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Five things to know about The Big Parade

This weekend I’ll be logging somewhere around 20 miles and 50 or so public stairways on my FuelBand as part of the massive urban walk from downtown to the Hollywood sign known as the Big Parade. This is my fifth parade—daaaaamn!—and although I’m … Continue reading

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Haterating “Leaving Los Angeles”

When I posted yesterday’s inaugural LA Haters post, I honestly thought it would be a series I’d add to maybe once or twice a month. Little did I know that more anti-LA vitriol was already seeping out of the internet … Continue reading

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Hi Los Angeles Hater! Rating “LA’s Alternate Realities”

Every few weeks a big story about Los Angeles lands on the internet, hoping to deliver the ultimate citywide diss while lazily employing half-century-old stereotypes. Usually we laugh it off because we’re shallow losers and, like, who has time to read … Continue reading

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It’s a hot one

Forecast is 94 degrees and there’s smoke from a half dozen fires streaking across the sky. So much for spring, right? If you’re not busy downing margaritas this weekend, be sure to check out Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture … Continue reading

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The house abides

I posted some photos last night from an Architectones event I went to at the Sheats Goldstein residence. For design nerds, it’s well-known as one of the most triumphant works of renowned architect John Lautner. For hard-core basketball fans, it’s known … Continue reading

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Architectural ride-bys

I’m in glorious Palm Springs for Modernism Week, where I’m part of the PS Mod Squad, taking photos and spreading love via Instagram. This morning, I grabbed one of the powder blue beach cruisers from the Saguaro (where I’m staying) … Continue reading

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P.S., I love you

Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to visit and there’s no better time to go than Modernism Week, the annual showcase of desert-faring architecture and design. This year, I’m one of eight Instagrammers who will be dispatched there for … Continue reading

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The world’s biggest City Walks Architecture: New York fan

As most of you remember, a few years back I wrote City Walks Architecture: New York, which may very well be the most important deck of cards ever written about New York architecture. Yes, I said cards, because the brilliance … Continue reading

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Climbing Mt. Washington

On a brilliantly sunny Saturday afternoon I joined about 40 fellow walkers on a stairwalk hosted by the awesome Bob Inman, who is working on his second book of stair-heavy walking tours for Los Angeles. Our goal: Climb the 940-foot peak … Continue reading

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Inside that big stack of records in the sky

When I first moved to LA I lived in a house on the east side of Hollywood and I was always slightly disappointed in the fact that it didn’t have much of a view. You could stand in the middle of … Continue reading

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