The cuisine and the look of Grand Central Market are changing; End of an era? Or a mix of vendors and cultures that shows LA at its best? Plus, we take a look at how software is revolutionizing skyscrapers; and lawn wars in a California suburb.
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Grand Central Market, the food hall on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, has been around almost a hundred years, but dramatic changes have occurred in the past eighteen months. Not only has it introduced gourmet cuisine at gourmet prices, but the design of the market is changing as well. What does it say about what’s happening in downtown as a whole? How do vendors and market-goers feel about it? Do the changes mean unwelcome gentrification or an exciting mix of Angelenos of all stripes?
The city of Los Angeles has just cast out an old rule that mandated that skyscrapers have helipads on their roofs. The result: very few rooftop rescues and a skyline of “flat topped” stumpy towers.
Does ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting L.A. to join other world cities in the race to build the shapeliest skyscrapers? Scott Johnson talks about how software is revolutionizing skyscrapers, and what we might see in the future in LA.
A new statewide bill means homeowner associations cannot punish drought-conscious residents for not watering their lawns.
But the news somehow did not reach a green lawn in Glendora, as we learned from Everything Talks, a series created for DnA by comedy writer Tom Saunders, in which we hear about what our objects really think.
Listen as a lush grassy lawn, a thirsty brown one and a xeriscaped yard vie for relevance as homeowners adjust to a changing landscape in drought-stricken California.
Performed by Tom Saunders, Caroline Chamberlain and Kristen Hansen.
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