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Livable City: Building a better Los Angeles

 Ideas and commentary on building a livable, sustainable Los Angeles.

  • California's minimum wage isn't the problem. The cost of housing is

    California's minimum wage isn't the problem. The cost of housing is

    California’s new minimum wage increase is pushing some businesses out of the state, at least according to one clothing manufacturer, who plans to move his operation to Las Vegas. The state’s base pay increased to $10.50 on Jan. 1. It’s the first in a series of hikes that will eventually set the...

  • L.A. drivers are terrible. Could dashboard cams help make things safer for everyone?

    L.A. drivers are terrible. Could dashboard cams help make things safer for everyone?

    My new year’s resolution this year is as simple as it is sad: Get a dashboard camera for my car. Once I get the car back from the body shop, that is. Yes, my holiday season included a slow-speed fender bender. No one was hurt. Just a couple of crunched fenders. Other than the car, the only damage...

  • Keeping wild pumas alive in an urban environment is hard work. Is L.A. willing to do what it takes?

    Keeping wild pumas alive in an urban environment is hard work. Is L.A. willing to do what it takes?

    The wolves are back! California now has a well-established wild wolf population. “Hurray!” Californians cheer. Or at least the Californians in the big urban and suburban areas do. People in Siskiyou and Lassen counties, where wolves look to have found a home, might not be as thrilled, especially...

  • What lies beneath L.A.

    What lies beneath L.A.

    For close to 20 years, my favorite landmark in Los Angeles was a pair of plastic sawhorses, each emblazoned with “City of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works Street Services.” The sawhorses straddled a patch of pavement at the southwest corner of Wilshire and Curson, across from the La Brea Tar Pits,...

  • How do you ease traffic in Los Angeles? Make it harder to park

    How do you ease traffic in Los Angeles? Make it harder to park

    Angelenos voted overwhelmingly last month to expand L.A.’s transit network. Measure M passed by a 4-point margin in large part due to Metro’s promise to reduce traffic congestion throughout the county. But while the proposed new rail lines and bus routes will offer additional mobility choices,...

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