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A Most Novel Attraction: The Camera Obscura of Santa Monica

A Most Novel Attraction: The Camera Obscura of Santa Monica

On a flat circular board in front of me, the goings on of Ocean Avenue played out like a scene from a fuzzy home video shot in the 1980s.
Northeast Los Angeles Gentrification in Comparative and Historical Context

Northeast Los Angeles Gentrification in Comparative and Historical Context

Highland Park and Eagle Rock, are among the leading edges of the gentrification frontier in contemporary Los Angeles. This article situates NELA gentrification in comparative and h ...
Yamashiro: A Feudal Fortress in the Hollywood Hills

Yamashiro: A Feudal Fortress in the Hollywood Hills

The history of Yamashiro, a fanciful mish-mash of Japanese, Chinese, and other Asian architectural elements built by two German Jewish brothers, is as odd as its atmosphere.
L.A. Stories from Woodbury University

L.A. Stories from Woodbury University

This week L.A. Letters shares some of the observations, insights, and research generated by our students from the "L.A. Stories" class at Woodbury University.
Torrance: From Agriculture and Industry to International City

Torrance: From Agriculture and Industry to International City

What started as a small, all-American agricultural and industrial town has become a cosmopolitan and diverse city that is both international and local simultaneously.
The Arches: Development, the Depression, and the Scenic Ruins of Dana Point Inn

The Arches: Development, the Depression, and the Scenic Ruins of Dana Point Inn

Powerful L.A. men descended on Orange County in a race to develop the coast as the "American Riviera" -- but even their wealth couldn't protect them from failure.
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