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In Place: Madison Heights, Pasadena

Madison Heights is one of the oldest and loveliest areas in Pasadena. It’s also among the most popular film locations in the country, thanks to its all-American charm. Although the oldest home in Madison Heights dates to 1890, much of the neighborhood was developed between 1910 and 1925. When...

Posted over 2 years ago
 

When home gardening took root

Regular people haven’t always spent weekends at the garden center. In fact, home gardening didn’t take off until the 1880s, just in time for Impressionist painters to document the craze on canvas. American Impressionism and the Garden Movement opens January 23 at The Huntington — the only West...

Posted over 2 years ago
 

Favorite Fido-friendly parks

If your dog’s off-leash destination has become way too predictable, maybe it’s time to take a refreshing detour from the same old romping grounds. Check out this list of a dozen local dog parks to explore, complete with days and hours. You might also want to save the list of dog-friendly beaches...

Posted over 2 years ago
 

Tracking down LA’s Victorian gems

When you say “Los Angeles architecture,” the word Victorian may not be the first to come to mind. But LA’s earliest great homes were Victorians, and despite the march of progress, many of the most awesome still survive. If you love these intricate creations, we’ve got a real treasure map for you.

Posted over 2 years ago
 

Taste the best for less

Ready to visit the cool LA eateries you’ve read about — without scorching your budget? During Dine LA through January 31, over 300 restaurants have specially priced lunch and dinner menus. For every seated reservation on the DineLA website, a dollar will be donated to the Midnight Mission to help...

Posted over 2 years ago
 

Griffith Park: beyond the basics

It’s one of the largest urban parks in the country, and most of it is pretty untamed. No wonder most hikers stick to the popular trails leading to main landmarks like the Observatory. But quite a few surprises are hidden in its five rugged square miles. You just have to know where to look.

Posted over 2 years ago
 

LA freeways: Where did we get the “The?”

In the rest of the country, people take 101 north or 80 east. Yes, we know how weird that sounds, but we’re so in the minority on this. Why are we the only people in the US who introduce every freeway number with “the?” Is it because we were so quick to jump into the fast lane? Clearly, these are...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

The results are in: West Adams wins

When real estate blog Curbed LA tallied its 2015 Neighborhood of the Year poll, the winner was West Adams, which it calls “one of the classiest architectural areas in the city.” Ready to move? Local expert Natalie Neith has just listed an upgraded 1908 transitional Craftsman at 2251 West 21st...

Posted almost 3 years ago
 

Pritzker Prize sends a powerful message

48-year-old Alejandro Aravena, who rebuilt an entire quake-ravaged Chilean city in three months, has just won the most distinguished prize in architecture — and focused global attention on socially conscious, sustainable design.

Posted almost 3 years ago