Private Property sign in foreground with beach behind it | Still from "Access Denied" on SoCal Connected

How L.A. Can Fix Its Iconic Eyesores

In a recent column, L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne slams the city's iconic public places, from LAX to the L.A. River to Pershing Square. He calls them depressing, dispiriting eyesores -- punchlines. And he has some ideas for improving them. He shares some of those ideas with Madeleine.

You can follow Christopher on Twitter at @HawthorneLAT.

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The L.A. River (Associated Photo Credit: independentman/Flickr/Creative Commons License)

 

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