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Plans for “transforming” LA County’s Museum of Art include a one-story, blob-like structure inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits. The latest version oozes across Wilshire Boulevard. Mayor Garcetti’s behind it, but experts on art and architecture are divided. The price tag could reach a billion dollars.

Also, cheap transportation to gambling casinos is dividing some Asian communities. Buses are clogging the streets. Are they feeding addiction—or providing an easy way to reach much-needed recreation?

Banner Image: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Producers:
Claire Martin
Sonya Geis

Plans to Level LACMA Spark Debate 19 MIN, 24 SEC

Michael Govan is the enterprising Director of Los Angeles County’s Museum of Art. He wants to tear down four of LACMA’s seven current buildings and replace them with one, very unusual structure. It’s a one-story, dark monolith, with blob-like contours inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits. Govan’s second version of the plan, designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, would ooze away from the Tar Pits themselves and cross Wilshire Boulevard. It might include a mixed-used tower which might be designed by Frank Gehry.

Guests:
Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)
Ed Dimendberg, UC Irvine
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times (@hawthorneLAT)

Casino Shuttle Buses Are Good for Casino Business, but Are They Bad for Gamblers? 6 MIN, 19 SEC

Recently the City of San Gabriel voted to ban parking for buses that carry mostly Asian people to Native American gambling casinos, and even Las Vegas. They’re part of a cottage industry that’s divided that city, Monterey Park, Koreatown and other Asian communities in recent years. Timothy Fong is co-director of UCLA’s Gambling Studies Program and Associate Professor at Psychiatry at the Neuropsychiatric Institute.

Guests:
Timothy Fong, UCLA Gambling Studies Program

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