Photo: Construction workers on the roof of Wilshire Grand Center (Photo by Sean Dellorco/KCRW)
FROM THIS EPISODE
The LA Auto Show will attract big crowds this week to see the latest models, from Chevrolet to Ferrari. DnA went down to the convention center to find out what's getting buzz this year.
A lot of people are talking about Alfa Romeo's Stelvio, an SUV built by the famed Italian car maker better known for its zippy sports cars. Jaguar has also developed their first electric concept vehicle, the I-Pace. But will the new Trump Administration continue to subsidize the fledgling electric car industry?
Wired: 11 Hottest Cars at the LA Auto Show
Video: Top tech from LA Auto Show
Business Insider: Ford CEO Mark Fields on Trump and the auto industry
Forbes: The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV rivals its counterparts
Jaguar's all-electric I-Pace takes on Tesla's Model X SUV
For many years, Los Angeles City Hall was the tallest building in the city. Now a new tower, Wilshire Grand Center, is taking that title, at 1,099 feet. The architecture firm AC Martin designed both buildings. DnA visits Wilshire Grand with project manager Chris Martin and learns from his cousin, project architect David Martin, about new paths for the family behind the veteran firm.
Curbed: Why the Wilshire Grand won't shoot a "death-ray"
How other west coast skyscrapers compare with the Wilshire Grand
CNN: Earthquake proofing Wilshire Grand
David Martin and others reimagine housing for the homeless
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