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How Will High-Speed Rail Impact Los Angeles?

Worried about Carmageddon? Come to this conversation about high-speed rail and envision a better transportation future for L.A.!

With Carmageddon right around the corner, there's no better time to talk about Los Angeles's desperate need for better transit options. The Van Alen Institute is coming to town to showcase the winners of their competition, Life at the Speed of Rail, and they're hosting a panel at Caltrans to talk about the role of design in California's high-speed rail future. We're thrilled to sponsor this event that focuses on how high-speed rail will change L.A., from shifting the city away from car culture to creating a massive transportation hub in downtown.

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Andrew Price on Reyner Banham

No one—not even Randy Newman—loves L.A. the way the architectural writer Reyner Banham does.

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How to Play in the Streets at CicLAvia This Sunday

Over seven miles of open streets leave plenty to the imagination. Here's how you can maximize your fun at CicLAvia this Sunday.



This Sunday, CicLAvia will open 7.5 miles of Los Angeles streets for walking, biking and skating. Which means you've got two days to make some decisions. Do you start at Hel-Mel and head to Boyle Heights, or go Boyle Heights to Hel-Mel? Wheels or feet? Beach cruiser or longboard? Curbside tamales at Mama's Hot Tamales or tantalizing mochi at Fugetsu-Do? Beer or water?

It's tough to decide, we know. But here are some of our picks for how best to enjoy L.A.'s open streets.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Is L.A. Glorified Sprawl or a Great American City?

Contradictions abound. Is Los Angeles on the verge of becoming one of our great American cities or is it just another sprawling mess?


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