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Why L.A.’s Freeways Are Symbolic Sites of Protest

The freeway system displaced generations of people of color.

How the Third Street Promenade became too successful for its own good

At the height of car culture, Santa Monica made a radical decision.

LA’s ‘most recognizable and beloved’ building

The Griffith Observatory has enraptured Los Angeles since the day it opened 85 years ago.

LACMA is beloved. Its design never was. 

Even the museum’s glorious 1960s vision had its detractors.

When the plague came to Los Angeles

"Little Mexico," a bustling community near Olvera Street, was leveled in the name of sanitation.

LA’s most beautiful storage building was also a speakeasy

During Prohibition, the ornate tower was more than a place to store old mattresses.

Temples to white supremacy

To cement their social status, wealthy landowners and movie moguls modeled their homes after Southern plantations.

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13 glamorous apartments from Hollywood’s Golden Age

Live like an oil tycoon or movie starlet.

In the summer of ’63, black students led protests against the South Bay’s white-only neighborhoods

Thousands of demonstrators flooded Torrance—and were confronted by angry white homeowners and American Nazi Party members.

The pride of West Adams

Thanks to Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co., thousands of black Californians—in a time of profound racial discrimination—were able to obtain home loans and build transgenerational wealth.