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Metro approves $1.4B construction plan for Gold Line extension to Claremont

The project will break ground in October Residents of the Inland Empire should soon have another way of getting to and from Los Angeles—but maybe not as soon as they expected. Metro’s Board of Directors approved a $1.4 billion budget Thursday to extend the Gold Line from its current terminus in Azusa to Claremont, 11.5 miles to the east. The extension is one of many transit projects set to be funded through Measure M, the sales tax hike approved by LA County voters in November. It wi...

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The Wilshire Grand—LA’s tallest tower—opens today

Its distinctive sail-shaped top was inspired by Yosemite’s Half Dome The Wilshire Grand Center—which opens to the public today—narrowly eclipses the U.S. Bank Tower as the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles. But what might stand out to Angelenos more than the height is the tower’s ornamental top. It is the first Downtown high-rise to be built since Los Angeles City Hall in 1928 that will not have a flat roof. Instead, at its apex, is a glass “crown” and light-u...

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Petite 1920s Pasadena bungalow wants $560K

Located in the city’s Historic Highlands district This adorable 732-square-foot bungalow is located in the Historic Highlands district, which listing agent Nancy Gerber describes as a collection of Craftsmans, bungalows, Tudors, and 1920s-era Spanish-style homes mingled together in one northern Pasadena neighborhood. The compact charmer makes the most of its space, and it offers hardwood floors, recessed lights, and a redone kitchen with new countertops. The two-bedroom residence&rsquo...

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Bike lanes may be headed to Temple Street in Historic Filipinotown

2.3 miles of lanes as part of street safety improvements Plans filed Wednesday with the city planning department show that a stretch of Temple Street through Historic Filipinotown and other parts of Westlake could get 2.3 miles of new bike lanes. The city’s transportation department wants to rejigger existing lanes on Temple between Beverly Boulevard and Beaudry Avenue to make room for bicyclists. Right now, there are two lanes for cars in both directions, but those would be reduced to o...

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City will pay relocation expenses for tenants evicted from unsafe buildings in DTLA

The city is giving the tenants $400,000 to find new homes The city is paying $400,000 to help relocate artists living in two un-permitted buildings in Downtown LA’s Fashion District, the LA Weekly reports. At least one of the buildings, a warehouse at 931 Pico, was the subject of intense scrutiny in the wake of the Oakland Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people late last year. Los Angeles city officials claim the building on Pico, which is zoned for commercial uses, was not permitted fo...

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Julia Roberts buys a low key ranch house in Malibu

It’s her third home in the area If we told you that Julia Roberts had purchased a new home in Malibu’s ritzy Point Dume area, we’re guessing you probably wouldn’t picture an unextraordinary ranch house with a patchy yard and an unkempt tree out front. But as Variety reports, the Oscar winning actress has bought exactly that home, paying just under $3.9 million for the primely located property. This is the third property that Roberts and her husband, Danny Moder, have purc...

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Who’s funding LA’s Olympics bid?

The bid is privately funded, but California taxpayers could be on the hook for cost overruns Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June, 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information. LA 2024, Los Angeles’s Olympic bid committee, filed an annual tax return last week revealing the organization’s largest donors, including many recognizable figures in the local sports and entertainment landscape. The filing comes hot on the heels of a recommendation from the ...

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Buy a house in LA: How I saved for a down payment

It can be a big challenge for millennials, who dedicate a lot of their income to rent It's a vast understatement to describe buying a house in Los Angeles as challenging (cruel and downright laughable are more like it)—something my husband and I readily accepted, along with the facts that we’d be shopping in a seller’s market and our budget would likely be under $500,000. All in all, we saved a little over $25,000 by the time we decided to apply for a home loan—not even c...

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Onni’s 429-unit apartment complex for Vine Street in Hollywood revealed

New renderings give a peek at what the building would look like Developer Onni Group has filed plans to erect a huge apartment complex near the ArcLight Hollywood, and thanks to a new environmental impact report, first spotted by Urbanize LA, we’re getting our first look at what the building might look like if it materializes. If ultimately approved by the city, the tower would measure 475,433 square feet and rise up to 20 stories (that’s about 262.5 feet) on 1.86 acres at 1360 Nort...

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Santa Monica commissioners want big park on downtown site slated for development

The project’s height was just scaled back but that’s not enough for some Santa Monica’s Recreation and Parks Commission is recommending that a public park be built on more than two-thirds of a downtown site where a 12-story mixed-use development called Plaza at Santa Monica is planned, reports the Santa Monica Lookout. The commission’s unanimous decision echoes calls from a contingent of “slow-growth” advocates who have mounted a campaign that favored puttin...

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