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Elijah has been at Curbed for three years. He writes about transportation, housing, and occasionally the weather.

The story of Smilin’ Jack, LA’s huge pumpkin-shaped oil tank

A Halloween tradition since 1952, the 80,000-barrel storage tank has 18-foot eyes and a 73-foot-long grin.

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Mapping downtown Long Beach’s sudden development boom

From the redevelopment of Acres of Books to a new 30-story hotel on Ocean Boulevard.

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Rent control in LA, explained

Here’s how the local laws work.

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24 free and air conditioned spots around LA

A couple dozen places to cool off on the cheap.

‘There are just a heck of a lot of people getting away with this’

In the city of Los Angeles, less than 1 percent of drivers who flee a crash scene where someone was injured are eventually convicted of a felony.

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LA’s 13 best beaches, mapped

From Malibu to coastal Orange County, here are 13 great beaches to visit this summer.

Homey Highland Park bungalow asks $749K

Built in 1925, it’s got hardwood floors and nice built-ins.

LA home prices smash all-time record—again

July sales prices were $17,000 higher than a month before.

Are scooters too dangerous for LA’s streets?

In Los Angeles, riders must share lanes with cars—or face a $197 fine.

For $349K, a cozy condo in Glendale courtyard complex

The 1940s unit has wood floors and a private balcony.