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Get lost on the ghost streets of Los Angeles

posted by Susannah Breslin   Dec 22, 2015

What’s a ghost street? The shadow scape of a real street that no longer exists.

BLDGBLOG explains:

“The buildings that fill it look more like scar tissue, bubbling up to cover a void left behind by something else’s absence.”


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Photos of the Space Shuttle being driven through Los Angeles

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 15, 2012

On Saturday, the Space Shuttle Endeavour was driven 12 miles through the streets of Los Angeles on its way to the California Science Center. It was a tight fit at times.

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Six playoff games, four days

posted by Aaron Cohen   May 23, 2012

With the LA Kings, LA Lakers, and LA Clippers all in the playoffs this year, the Staples Center has been pretty busy. Between May 17th and May 20th, there were 6 games. The crew at the Staples Center has to break the arena down between every game, what with all the different teams and sports. Watching the set up is pretty neat, and since no one would watch a four-day-long video, they’ve been kind enough to share a time lapse. Watch the arena go from Kings to Lakers to Clippers to Lakers to Kings to Clippers. My favorite parts are the pre-game introductions and that they lower the jumbotron every night.

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Ansel Adams’ Lost Los Angeles

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 14, 2009

While looking for something else at the Los Angeles Public Library, Gerard Van der Leun stumbled across some 1940s photos of LA taken by Ansel Adams. They had not been seen for a long while.

So I would conclude that with the LAPL material we are getting a rare chance to look at photographs a great photographer chose not to show the world. Obviously none of these images even touches upon the vast and central work that establish Adams as one of the greatest American photographers, but they do provide an interesting footnote to what Ansel Adams saw and thought worthy of photographing while ambling about Los Angeles during the opening months of World War II.