Who We Were

The Shooting That Didn’t Kill Westwood

The 1988 Murder of Karen Toshima Was Not the Beginning of the End for One L.A. Neighborhood. But It Did Focus the Entire City on the Problem of Gang Violence.

Last year Los Angeles magazine published a list of the “Eight Crimes that Changed L.A.” The names and monikers of the killers and victims composed a grim roll call: The Black Dahlia, Charles Manson, Sharon Tate, The Night Stalker, Sirhan Sirhan, Robert Kennedy, The Hillside Strangler. One name, however, was anomalous because of its utter anonymity: Durrell DeWitt Collins.

Twenty-six years ago Collins, a Rolling 60s gang member from South-Central Los Angeles, was strolling down Broxton Avenue in Westwood when he …


The Takeaway

Why Is L.A. Housing Really Really Ridiculously Expensive?

It Costs a Lot to Live in Southern California. But Things Could Be Worse—and There Are Ways to Make Them Better.

Los Angeles is the second-most expensive housing market in the country, behind the Bay Area. It’s a situation, said Wall Street Journal and Economist contributor Lauren Schuker Blum, of “housing misery.” Blum was moderating a panel on what makes Southern California such an expensive place to live—and what, if anything, can be done to lower the cost of housing here.

USC Lusk Center for Real Estate director Richard K. Green told a large crowd at the Petersen Automotive Museum that the …