The logo of US Bank is seen atop the US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles

by Jodi Summers The history of skyscrapers in Los Angeles began with the 1903 completion of the Braly Building, which is often regarded as the first high-rise in the city; rising 13 floors and 151 feet (46 m) in height. Now, Los Angeles is the site of more than 25 skyscrapers at least 492 feet […]

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by Jodi Summers Greening units for Baby Boomers simpler than greening space for Millennials. In the 60+ crowd, green means more efficient. As boomers approach retirement, many are looking to make smart financial moves, so it’s not just a matter of green living, it’s about and being more efficient with the use of their dollars. […]

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by Dorie Iwata As the town transforms, so goes Modernism Week. Just a few short years ago, I talked a couple of friends into driving out to Palm Springs for a kitschy event called the Retro Martini Party. MAYBE, there were 50 guests in attendance. I remember oohing and awing at one of the first […]

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by Jodi Summers Up until recently, the Pico neighborhood was considered the bastard stepchild of Santa Monica communities. Back in the early days of the City, the neighborhood was Santa Monica’s ghetto – Hispanics, Black, Jews, ethnic groups of all types were told to settle here. The Pico neighborhood had been one of the largest […]

LA Gets More Added Warmth from Urban Heat Islands

by Jodi Summers Here’s a new term for you – heat islands. An urban heat island (UHI) is a city or metropolitan area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas due to human activities. It is caused when heat is absorbed by the concrete and pavement of buildings and streets. And, as we […]

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edited by Jodi Summers Americans’ energy-conservation efforts -from switching bulbs to upgrading washing machines and air conditioners – have done more to reduce carbon emissions than the increased use of solar, wind and natural gas. Wait, this gets easier folks…metrics pouring in from utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are concluding that the […]