CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

The Downsizing of the City of Outsized Dreams

The Downsizing of the City of Outsized Dreams

L.A.'s Ambitions Have Given Way to Trepidation

Has Los Angeles downsized its dreams?

In the last century, Southern Californians dreamed so big and global that the size of our aspirations came to define this place. We created a 20th century cosmopolitan metropolis, extending from the mountains to the sea, a cultural and commercial trendsetter. …

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Grappling with L.A.'s Provincial Past

Grappling with L.A.'s Provincial Past

From Yorty to Bradley to Garcetti, the City's Mayors Reflect Our Aspirations

Modern Los Angeles had a difficult birth. It came during the transition between the small-town-writ-large vision embodied by Mayor Sam Yorty and the outward-facing, cosmopolitan dream of his nemesis and challenger, City Councilmember Tom …

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Goostein Caltech Millikan

The Man With the Vision That Built Caltech

Robert Andrew Millikan's Ambition Transformed Not Only the School, but Also Southern California's Place in the World

When Robert Andrew Millikan arrived in Pasadena, California, in 1921, he was already the revered author of physics textbooks used across the country. He counted among his scientific accomplishments …

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The Evolution of L.A.'s Art Scene

The Evolution of L.A.'s Art Scene

There Is More Public Funding and Support Than Ever, but It Was Fun to Be the Underdog

A guy walking an elephant down Highland Avenue. That’s the first thing I saw when I exited the 101 Freeway by the Hollywood Bowl on the day I moved to L.A. Film shoot? Bowl performance? Who knows, but it made a lasting impression. …

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The Thin Remains of the Once Mighty Los Angeles Times

The Thin Remains of the Once Mighty Los Angeles Times

The Paper Once Reflected the Tastes, Hopes, and Dreams of a Booming Region

Each morning, I go out to the front yard to pick up the thin remains of what used to be the mighty Los Angeles Times. We’re one of the two or three families on the block who still subscribe to a paper that once was a powerful influence …

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L.A.'s Athletic Ambitions Are Faster, Higher, Stronger

L.A.'s Athletic Ambitions Are Faster, Higher, Stronger

The '84 Olympic Games Were a Huge Success, 2024 Would Be the Greatest Ever

I am very excited about the Los Angeles’ 21st-century bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. My excitement is not just about the stadiums that will fill to capacity and the people who will come together and happily celebrate the best that the world’s athletes have to offer. It’s that I know that Los Angeles is at its best and truly thrives—when it supports excellence.

The 2024 Olympic Games will build on the excellence of the 1984 Olympic Games. …

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