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Petroleum provided the raw materials for the gasoline that powered Angelenos’ automobiles as well as the asphalt on which they drove, so in one sense the middle of La Cienega Boulevard was a fitting place for an oil derrick. But many...
L.A. as Subject's most recent contribution to KCET.org looks at the 58-year history of the Four Level interchange, the junction of the 101 and 110 freeways near downtown Los Angeles: Fifty-eight years ago today, the Four Level...
It lacks the native charm of the sycamore or oak. It wants for the palm's exotic appearance. It doesn't have the pepper tree's romantic associations with California's mission past. It never enjoyed, unlike the eucalyptus, the...
On Tuesday, the City of West Hollywood celebrated its 27th anniversary as an independent city. Although the municipality is one of the youngest in Los Angeles County, the town from which the city sprang—originally a settlement for...
Los Angeles history comes alive on October 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 5th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. More than 70 collections related to Los Angeles history assemble in one place, offering a glimpse into the history of...
With apologies to Woody Allen, making a right turn on a red light is certainly not Los Angeles’ only cultural advantage. In fact, while it was once a Los Angeles idiosyncrasy, today the maneuver is permitted nationwide, with some local...
What did the L.A. Basin look like before there was a Los Angeles? A common misconception—one that resonates with genuine concerns about the city's aridity and reliance on imported water—is that the city's natural state is desert. But...
L.A. as Subject's latest post contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog features photographs and documents from the history of Union Station, the Los Angeles passenger terminal that is sometimes affectionately referred to as the "Last of...