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How LA’s Underground Street Racing Scene and The Fast And The Furious Grew Up
Indeed, it was a scene that birthed the first of the Fast and Furious movies. Yet like any other scene, it has since grown, and in many ways, warped. Today the city is more familiar with takeovers or sideshows, where crowds of onlookers occupy an intersection to use for car stunts and endangering onlookers.
automotive  streetracing  history  TheFastandtheFurious  LosAngeles  Jalopnik  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
'This is definitely a moment': Olympics crown LA's remarkable renaissance | US news | The Guardian
Securing the 2028 Olympics is just the latest success for Los Angeles, a city that’s witnessing a turnaround. But can it keep up the momentum?
urbandevelopment  regeneration  Olympics  review  LosAngeles  Guardian  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Donald Trump's effect on the markets is already wearing off — Quartz
You’ve probably seen her on your Instagram feed: a woman awash in natural light, wearing a cocoon-shaped dress in a shade of golden turmeric or faded paprika. She wears flat leather sandals, has unkempt-but-pretty hair, and is likely in the company of a handmade ceramic, a succulent plant, or a piece of avocado toast. She is LA’s Silver Lake shaman, and she’s coming soon to a city near you.
hipster  hippy  fashion  LosAngeles  trends  Quartz  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Is L.A. Back? Don't Buy the Hype. | Newgeography.com
With two football teams moving to Los Angeles, a host of towers rising in a resurgent downtown and an upcoming IPO for L.A.'s signature start-up, Snapchat parent Snap Inc., one can make a credible case that the city that defined growth for a half century is back. According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Rams, Chargers and the new mega-stadium that will house them in neighboring Inglewood, show that “that this is a town that nobody can afford to pass up.”
LosAngeles  economy  review  critique  NewGeography  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
RA: East Side story: LA's backyard party scene
In East LA during the early '90s, Latino neighborhoods were home to a thriving party circuit that laid the foundations for the city's dance music scene. Matt McDermott charts the history of this overlooked community.
music  culture  history  Latino  clubbing  LosAngeles  USA  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
The People’s Cheeseburger - Eater
The most important fast food restaurant in America is a radical burger joint in Watts
Locol  fastfood  food  LosAngeles  RoyChoi  corporatesocialresponsibility  Eater  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Tim Harford — Article — How do you make the Olympics pay? Fudge the figures
Don’t get me wrong: I loved the London 2012 Olympics. It was a superb spectacle in its own right and there’s an impressive legacy — some great sporting facilities, a lovely park and new housing in a city that desperately needs it. I just doubt that it was worth what it cost. Very few Olympic Games are.
Olympics  economics  critique  Sydney  LosAngeles  RiodeJanerio  Barcelona  Nagano  SaltLakeCity  author:TimHarford  TimHarford  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The Cruel Information Economy: The U.S. Cities Winning In This Critical Sector | Newgeography.com
Our rankings are based on employment growth in the sector over the short-, medium- and long-term, going back to 2005, and factor in momentum — whether growth is slowing or accelerating. (For a detailed description of our methodology, click here.)
tech  startup  employment  ranking  USA  SanFrancisco  SiliconValley  LosAngeles  NewYork  Boston  Seattle  Raleigh  Austin  NewGeography  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
SF Vs LA: Different Strokes In Urban Development | Newgeography.com
How and why do places differ in their pace of economic development? Why do some flourish while others lag? These are among the most profound questions in economics and related fields. Are explanations found in geography, culture, institutions, or fortune?

In "The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles," Michael Storper, Thomas Kemeny, Naji P. Makarem and Taner Osman consider these questions for two great cities. Storper, Kemeny, Makarem and Osman (hereafter SKMO) direct their attention to the Los Angeles and San Francisco “extended metropolitan regions” — the Census Bureau’s Consolidated Statistical Areas (CSAs) — in the post-1970 years. SKMO claim to have a plausible story about LA/SF divergence, which they do a fine job of presenting in this clearly written and well documented volume.
SanFrancisco  LosAngeles  SiliconValley  economy  urbandevelopment  comparison  MichaelStorper  ThomasKemeny  NajiPMakarem  TanerOsman  USA  NewGeography  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The Economies of L.A. and San Francisco - CityLab
A conversation with Michael Storper, the author of a new book on why San Francisco has outperformed L.A. in recent decades.
LosAngeles  SanFrancisco  urbandevelopment  comparison  tech  BayAreaCouncil  MichaelStorper  interview  CityLab  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Where is the world's most polluted city? | Cities | The Guardian
UN organisation cannot compare or rank cities because many do not have the resources or political will to set up a monitoring system. Gary Fuller, an air pollution expert at Kings College, said continent-sized blank spots made it impossible to know where people were suffering the most.

“When we compare air pollution in cities, we only look at those with measurements,” he said. “This focuses our attention on big cities and the developed world. Initial attempts to measure air pollution from satellites have revealed more areas of the world with dense populations and high air pollution.”

Of the 1,622 cities covered in the WHO data, 510 are in two countries – the US and Canada. Just 16 are in Africa (half of these in relatively wealthy South Africa and Egypt). That’s 0.75% of the monitoring for 15% of the world’s population, an increasing number of whom live in high-risk cities. Latin America’s 604 million people are among the most heavily urbanised on earth. Their air is monitored in 109 cities. Across the Middle East, data is collected in just 24 cities.
pollution  cities  ranking  Delhi  Karachi  Peshwar  Beijing  Moscow  LosAngeles  Amsterdam  Paris  London  NewYork  Melbourne  comparison  RockefellerFoundation  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
See the Most Expensive, Extravagant Mansion in L.A. | Details
On a hilltop in Bel Air, a 100,000-square-foot gigamansion is under construction, for no one in particular. The asking price—$500 million—would shatter records, but, as ridiculous as it sounds, in L.A.'s unbridled real-estate bubble, this house could be billed as a bargain.
realestate  porperty  wealthy  highnetworth  LosAngeles  NileNiami  interview  Details  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The third Los Angeles: Can it truly become a green, sustainable city?
Los Angeles wants to shed its image as an auto-dystopia. In the era of the drought, can it sell the myth of a green, sustainable city?
cities  sustainability  water  transport  evolution  LosAngeles  Slate  2015 
may 2015 by inspiral
The World's Most Influential Cities | Newgeography.com
In order to quantify cities’ global influence, we looked at eight factors: the amount of foreign direct investment they have attracted; the concentration of corporate headquarters; how many particular business niches they dominate; air connectivity (ease of travel to other global cities); strength of producer services; financial services; technology and media power; and racial diversity. (Click here for a more detailed description of our methodology.) We found those factors particularly important in identifying rising stars that, someday, might challenge the current hegemony of our two top-ranked global cities, London and New York.
cities  ranking  influence  global  London  NewYork  Paris  Singapore  Tokyo  HongKong  Dubai  Beijing  Sydney  LosAngeles  SanFrancisco  Toronto  Zurich  Frankfurt  Houston  Amsterdam  Seoul  Washington  Shanghai  AbuDhabi  Chicago  Moscow  Boston  Brussels  Dallas  Madrid  Melbourne  SaoPaulo  Istanbul  Miami  Johannesburg  KualaLumpur  Mumbai  Bangkok  Delhi  Geneva  Atlanta  Berlin  Seattle  TelAviv  MexicoCity  Milan  Montreal  BuenosAires  Jakarta  Philadelphia  Cairo  Guangzhou  HoChiMinhCity  Lagos  Osaka  NewGeography  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Does Hosting the Olympics Actually Pay Off? - NYTimes.com
But there is strikingly little evidence that such events increase tourism or draw new investment. Spending lavishly on a short-lived event is, economically speaking, a dubious long-term strategy. Stadiums, which cost a lot and produce minimal economic benefits, are a particularly lousy line of business. (This is why they are usually built by taxpayers rather than by corporations.) And even though Brazil, like other recent hosts, has sought to make stadium spending more palatable by also building general infrastructure, like highways and airports, the public would derive the same benefit at far less cost if the transportation projects were built and the stadiums were not. The Los Angeles Olympics were successful, after all, because planners avoided building new stadiums. Barcelona, long neglected under the rule of Francisco Franco, was in the midst of a renaissance that would have probably occurred without the Olympics.
Olympics  WorldCup  economics  ROI  hosting  RiodeJanerio  LosAngeles  Barcelona  Beijing  Sochi  critique  NYTimes  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The Secret World of Fast Fashion - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society
From 1960s Korea, through Brazil, to today’s Los Angeles: Inside the world that brought you Forever 21—and those skinny jeans in your closet.
fastfashion  fashion  SouthKorea  USA  Forever21  LosAngeles  PacificStandard  2014 
march 2014 by inspiral
How safe are the world's cities for cyclists? | Life and style | The Guardian
German word for a shandy: Radler or "cyclist", because it just about keeps you sober enough to stay on your bike.
cycling  cities  review  Malmo  Delhi  Berlin  Beijing  Amsterdam  Paris  Moscow  Rome  Cairo  NewYork  TelAviv  LosAngeles  Guardian  2013 
november 2013 by inspiral

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