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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Brilliant App Reveals What Your Exact Location Looked Like in the Past

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All images via Pivot Many recent multimedia projects have tried to present a “then and now” look at different cities by mashing up current images of buildings and streetscapes with historical visuals like old film footage, 18th-century paintings, or classic album covers. Now, an app called Pivot wants to do the same but in real time, offering an instant time portal right as […]

Mass Rent-Control Evictions Are on the Rise in Santa Monica

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[Image via Nardella Photo Album] Los Angeles and San Francisco have some some positive things in common:great burritos, a dense urban core. Now it looks like they’re about to have some very negative things in common too: an influx of technorati, skyrocketing rents, and rampant abuse of the Ellis Act, which makes it a lot easier for landlords to evict their […]

Huge Spotlights Will Light Up the LA Sky From Echo Park to Santa Monica This Friday

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For one night, the entire 26-mile route of the LA Marathon, which starts at Dodger Stadium and runs all the way to Santa Monica, will be lit up by spotlights pointing up at the sky. The installation will use 124 spotlights that together will be as bright as 29,100 light bulbs, and the whole thing should be visible […]

Where Have All of Los Angeles’s Mega-Rich People Gone?

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Subprime profiteer Jeff Greene’s estate in Beverly Hills In 2013, Los Angeles had 4,520 mega-rich people, aka ultra high net worth individuals, aka people with more than $30 million in net assets; it had the fifth most mega-rich after New York, London, Tokyo, and San Francisco. Today it has969 mega-rich people and is ranked twentieth. Where have the mega-rich […]

LA Live’s Marriott/Ritz-Carlton is Getting a 38-Story Expansion

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Fig Central and Metropolis aren’t the only huge projects planned around LA Live in South Park. LA Live/Staples owner AEG is planning to cross over Olympic so it can add 755 rooms in a 38-story tower to its JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton hotel, which opened in 2010 with 878 rooms in the former and 123 in the latter (plus condos!). The plan is […]