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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bev Hills Paper Warns About ISIS Attack on Unbuilt LA Subway

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Here’s how the lead story begins in this week’s Beverly Hills Courier (“the Newspaper of Record for the World of Beverly Hills”): “Add terrorism to the list of woes future Beverly Hills High School students may have to deal with if the L.A. Metropolitan Transportation Authority doesn’t shift course on plans to run two subway tunnels beneath the City’s only high […]

Here’s How Everyone in Los Angeles Commutes to Work

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[Image via Salina Canizales / Curbed LA flickr pool] When you’re sitting in freeway traffic, it sometimes seems like every single person in Los Angeles is sitting in a car alongside you, trapped. Not so!Streetsblog LA correspondent/LA City Bicycle Advisory Committee chair Jeff Jacobberger broke down the data from the US Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey estimates to see exactly […]

Sharp ’60s Modern in Crestwood Hills Seeks Second Owner Ever

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Brentwood’s celebrated Modern architecture tract Crestwood Hills originally contained 150 residences designed by the team of A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Smith, and Edgardo Contini. Regrettably, one-third of those houses were destroyed by the devastating wildfire that ravaged Brentwood and Bel Air in November 1961. Now hitting the market for the first time ever is a Crestwood Hills house erected […]

Big Improvements Finally Coming to Awful Pershing Square

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[Image via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection] BIG news: the Downtown park everyone loves to hate (no, not that one) is on its way to getting a complete makeover. Pershing Square, first laid out in 1866, dug up for a garage in the 1950s, and made hideously ugly in the 1990s, is getting $2 million in seed money to […]

Inside Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s $45-Million Holmby Hills Rental

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[Family via Getty] Jay-Z and Beyoncé rented this newly-built house in Holmby Hills for about a month, “probably over the summer,” and now it’s mid-September and there arepregnancy rumors floating around. We’re not saying Blue Ivy’s little sibling was conceived in this glassy spec house, but Blue Ivy’s little sibling was almost definitely conceived in this glassy spec […]

Richard Meier Condos Are Actually Happening in Beverly Hills

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[Renderings via Richard Meier & Partners Architects] The big fancy mixed-use project slated for the site of the old Robinson’s May building in Beverly Hills near Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard has been in the works since at least 2007, and the property has sold so many times since then that it seems impossible that the […]

9 of Cali’s 10 Biggest Water Wasters Are in Southern California

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[Image via Atwater Village Newbie / Curbed LA flickr pool] A new survey out from the State Water Resources Control Board—the first since emergency water conservation measures (like those $500 fines) were put into place in July—shows that this past July Californians used 7.5 percent less water overall than they had used the previous July, reports KPCC. In the […]

The Grove’s Picasso-Decorated Bathrooms Are Top 10 in the US

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The Grove‘s fountain and trolley get all the love on Instagram, but why isn’t anyone snapping shots of what may soon be America’s Best Restroom? The mall’s bathrooms (men’s, women’s, and family) have made the top 10 of the deadly important annual contest, likely for their “first-class amenities,” which include a microwave, bottle warmers, a play area with chalkboard […]