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Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said LAX provided "the worst passenger experience of any airport in a modern city." Not any more. The new, $1.9 billion Tom Bradley International Terminal opened today, designed to reflect LA and attract travelers from Asia — where they're used to the world's best airports. Also, Walmart in Chinatown? It's smaller than a super-center. Is it big enough to threaten the traditional character of a historic neighborhood?

book.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, a court battle over one of America's largest fortunes — and the heiress who owned many mansions but left them empty.

 
Banner image courtesy Fentress Architects

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis
Kerry Cavanaugh

Main Topic LAX, Finally — New and Improved 13 MIN, 40 SEC

Readers of Travel and Leisure magazine ranked LAX America's second-worst airport after New York's LaGuardia. At today's opening of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, designed to compete with some of the best airports in the world, Mayor Eric Garcetti observed, "Now more than 8 million international travelers a year will have the best first and last impression we can give of our city: stunning synchronized video, last-minute shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive, and the best food of our city, right here." One of today's visitors to the new terminal is Frances Anderton, host of KCRW's Design and Architecture.

Guests:
Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)
Greg Lindsay, New York University (@Greg_Lindsay)

Aerotropolis

John D. Kasarda

Reporter's Notebook Walmart and Gentrification in Chinatown 13 MIN, 32 SEC

After a battle about tradition, gentrification and economic progress, Walmart opened last week in LA's Chinatown, on the ground floor of the Grand Plaza Building at Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Grand Avenue.

Guests:
George Yu, Chinatown Business Improvement District
Sissy Trinh, Southeast Asian Community Alliance

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