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The original LA street view

Before Google’s camera-cars crawled our streets like a fleet of curious robots, photographers used their two feet to capture what our cities looked like. And today I discovered a new one, William Reagh, in a story by the always-excellent KCET … Continue reading

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Mexico rainbow

At the end of 2012, we spent eight days in what I firmly believe to be the most colorful place on earth. Tiny Sayulita, Mexico, is a no-stoplight village on the Pacific Coast beloved by surfers for its reliable swell. … Continue reading

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Watching Huell, Reading Ada

Yesterday, we found out that we lost both Huell Howser, ebullient television personality and tireless booster of Los Angeles, and Ada Louise Huxtable, pioneering architecture critic and stalwart champion of great buildings. Howser died Sunday and Huxtable Monday, but the news of … Continue reading

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Why the BeltLine is better than the High Line

I spent a little over 24 hours in a gloriously crisp Atlanta, Georgia last week to speak at the Portfolio Center, the creative school I spent two years at over a decade(!) ago. And while I was there I was … Continue reading

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Beating the heat

A little over two years ago, I wrote a post about a downtown fountain on a 96-degree day: In two years, this fountain will sit like a crown on a ribbon of green that reaches from here to City Hall, the … Continue reading

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Learning from New Orleans

Last month I spent a magical three days in the Big Easy to host the last of our 2012 GOOD Ideas for Cities events (in this country, that is). And with the latest news (on the anniversary of Katrina, no … Continue reading

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Signing off to get hitched

Look, we’re a brand! I guess it’s official. See you back here next week when I’m a married woman. See more on Instagram, where I’m @awalkerinLA

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LA’s original subway

Update 3/15: According to Metro 417 the tunnels are now condemned and no longer available for touring of any kind—please do not contact them. By now almost everyone knows (I hope!) that LA has a subway system. But did you know … Continue reading

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“Rakish small-town charm”

“Hollywood, once a sketchy neighborhood in a spiral of petty crime and decay, has been well on its way over the past 10 years to becoming a bustling tourist destination and nightlife district,” writes the New York Times writer that … Continue reading

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Frank Gehry, architectural badass

Yes, I would say that getting to meet Frank Gehry last night was one of the highlights of my architectural writing career. How about the fact that he was even more funny and witty and off-the-cuff than I expected him … Continue reading

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