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The Quest to Save LA's Century-Old Batchelder Tiles - Curbed
On the ground floor of a run-down, four-story building at 217 West 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles, on the block between South Broadway and South Spring, is one of the city's greatest interior-architecture treasures: an enchanting installation of custom tiles that renowned Pasadena artist and tile innovator Ernest Batchelder created for the Dutch Chocolate Shop one hundred years ago, in 1914.
ernestbatchelder  losangeles  curbed  interiordesign  architecture  california  southerncalifornia 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The 5, the 101, the 405: Why Southern Californians Love Saying 'the' Before Free...
Southern Californians have a distinctive -- "Saturday Night Live's" Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig might say funny -- way of giving directions. To get from Santa Monica to Hollywood, take the 10 to the 110 to the 101. Burbank to San Diego? The 134 to the 5. And, if you can, always avoid the 405.
southerncalifornia  losangeles  freeways  linguistics  culture  sociology  kcet 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How L.A. Became A Powerhouse for Chinese Food
When it comes to Chinese food, the conversation in urban centers of America has long moved past chow mein and into more nuanced arguments about variations of xiaolongbao. But even with cooking shows from icons Martin Yan and Ming Tsai—not to mention Julia Child’s confession that she’d “be perfectly happy with only Chinese food”—awareness didn’t reach its smoking point until the 2000s.
food  losangeles  chinesefood  culture  california  southerncalifornia  restaurants 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth
A punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been the state’s engine has run against the limits of nature.
nytimes  losangeles  drought  goverment  water  environment  california  southerncalifornia 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden

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