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How LA neighborhoods got their names

From Beverly Hills to Compton, the origin stories of more than a dozen Los Angeles cities and neighborhoods.

How Disney made America’s most famous haunted house

Cutting-edge technology and Victorian-era magic tricks created one of Disneyland’s most popular attractions.

A totally incomplete history of trouble at Chateau Marmont

As Harry Cohn once said: "If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont."

The Manson murder house

The home on Cielo Drive stood for more than five decades, but is forever connected to the Manson family’s 1969 killing spree.

How LA addressed its housing shortage with a single megadevelopment

In the 1950s, Park La Brea was built to house 10,000 residents in 18 high-rises and dozens of garden apartments.

Amazing original Disneyland designs included a working farm

Disney’s plans for the park were even more ambitious than what was actually built.

The LaBianca house of Manson notoriety is for sale

The Los Feliz home where the LaBiancas were murdered by the Manson "family" is for sale for $1.98 million.

An urban oasis

Village Green is an affordable "garden city" in the heart of Los Angeles.

How the aviation industry shaped Los Angeles

The fascinating, strangely forgotten history is recounted in a new four-part documentary produced by KCET.

1959 ad shows where in LA you could get on a ‘funliner’ bus

The advertisement emphasizes the strength of LA’s bus system at a time when the city’s once-bustling streetcar lines were being slowly taken out of service.

How LA’s health craze birthed modernist design

In her new book, author Lyra Kilston connects the city’s wellness culture to its streamlined, sun-drenched homes.

The 1899 plan to build a bike highway from Pasadena to Downtown

It’s a bittersweet tale of what might have been.

Dolores Huerta deserves more than a square

Compared to Cesar Chavez, Huerta is still vastly under-honored in Los Angeles.

A century of Los Angeles summer fun

Before TV, the internet, and air conditioning, the young LA park system provided crucial space for summer recreation. Here’s a look at what summer was like 100 years ago in three of LA’s most beloved parks.

The sunshine cure

Long before celebrities recuperated in Malibu, LA’s climate was promoted to East Coast and Midwestern residents sick of brutal winters and sweltering summers.

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Mapping LA’s Zoot Suit Riots

The riots are one of the darkest chapters in LA history.

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The designer who gave Googie its flair

With Armet and Davis, Helen Liu Fong designed some of the most iconic cafes and diners in LA.

The movie ranch where the Manson family launched Helter Skelter

Spahn Ranch was Manson’s kingdom.

In 1974, buses painted like submarines took kids to LA beaches

The "Street Fleet" lasted for one sweet summer.

Life, death, and bathing in LA’s first water system

LA’s earliest attempt to harness water was a system of irrigation ditches called zanjas, and they were the lifeblood of the booming pueblo.

How Crenshaw became black LA’s main street

"Crenshaw Boulevard is the main street of black LA. Has been, still is, and hopefully always will be."

The notorious Los Feliz murder house is looking for a new owner

Cash offers only.

LA’s ‘most recognizable and beloved’ building

The Griffith Observatory has enraptured Los Angeles since the day it opened 84 years ago.

LA has ‘the best Koreatown outside of Korea’

How one immigrant’s enterprising vision transformed the neighborhood into a bustling Korean-led mini city.

Watch the only extant footage of Union Station’s 1939 opening

Incredibly, color footage of the fanfare still exists.

What really happened at Rustic Canyon’s rumored Nazi ranch?

Rumors abound about the Murphy Ranch ruins. This is the true history.

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The modernist enclave that tested a utopian vision of LA

In the 1940s, four friends set out to build a community where the houses were affordable and stylish and neighbors shared similar beliefs in progressive ideals.

Family photos from the 1970s capture a vanishing LA

"I hope that people who see my photos get an appreciation for the ephemerality of life."

The fabulous Florence Yoch

To design the shaded splendors of Tara, producer David O. Selznick had only one person in mind: Florence Yoch.

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The ultimate guide to Dodger Stadium

Today is opening day. Here’s how to make the best of your visit to the most beautiful ballpark in the U.S.

Glitter, glam, grit

The Sunset Strip in the 1980s was nothin’ but a good time—and tight leather and teased hair.

The 20th century artist who captured the soul of Los Angeles

Leo Politi chronicled a changing city, touching on themes still relevant today: development and preservation.

Rebellion and rock ‘n’ roll: The Sunset Strip in the 1960s

How go-go dancing teens—and the underage clubs that embraced them—turned the Strip technicolor.

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These real-life Green Book locations still stand in LA

They were the only safe places for black travelers in Jim Crow-era Los Angeles.

The fearless newspaper publisher who crusaded for fair housing

Charlotta Bass used the power of the pen to fight racist housing laws.

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The neon sign maker that lit up California

Electrical Products Corp. dominated the West Coast—then it disappeared.

When mobsters and movie stars ruled the Sunset Strip

The end of Prohibition signaled a new outlaw era on the Strip—one that was both dangerous and glamorous.

The dam collapse that ruined Mulholland’s career

William Mulholland was LA’s water demigod—until disaster struck.

The Downtown LA that just won’t quit

These then-and-now photos show off buildings and public spaces that have endured for decades.