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  • Where's our public art? Wrapped up in red tape.

     Where's our public art? Wrapped up in red tape.
    When the city of Los Angeles established its "1% for the Arts" program more than two decades ago, the rationale was that commercial and municipal development takes a toll on the visual landscape of the city. To mitigate that, and to contribute to the artistic vitality of the city, developers were required to pay a fee equal to 1% of the construction value. That money was supposed to pay for art in public places.
  • L.A. moving to get $7.5 million in public art funds off starting block

    L.A. moving to get $7.5 million in public art funds off starting block
    Los Angeles officials are starting to get serious about freeing up $7.5 million or more in city government funds that are earmarked for visual art, performances or other cultural events, but have been wrapped tightly for years in legal red tape. The...

    Housing starts rise slightly in March

    Housing starts rise slightly in March
    Builders broke ground on more new homes nationwide in March, although the increase missed expectations. Housing starts climbed 2.8% from an upwardly revised February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000, the Commerce Department said...

    Salesforce Tower in S.F. will be tallest in the West, for a while

    Salesforce Tower in S.F. will be tallest in the West, for a while
    Salesforce.com announced Friday that it will be the main tenant in a 61-story building under construction in San Francisco. When completed in 2017, "Salesforce Tower" will be the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River. However, the...

    Dangerous thunderstorms hit South; flooding, evacuations in Alabama

    Dangerous thunderstorms hit South; flooding, evacuations in Alabama
    A series of dangerous thunderstorms pelted the Southeast on Monday, sending rescue crews to a central Alabama mobile home park where hundreds of residents were evacuated from flood waters after a creek overran it banks, emergency officials said. The...