FROM John D'Amico
WeHo's Sunset Spectacular The city of West Hollywood wants a new billboard to a site it owns on the Sunset Strip. But it doesn’t want any old rectangle with a static image. Instead it wants a dynamic digital billboard that inspires residents, and other billboard owners; and offers a public space for people to gather. This Sunset Spectacular design competition, as well as ordinances and an environmental impact report are all aimed at making the Sunset Strip the spectacle it once was. DnA spoke to West Hollywood city Councilmember John D’Amico, as well as Bianca Siegl, Long Range and Mobility Planning Manager for the City of West Hollywood. We heard from Tom Wiscombe, Roger Sherman, Tyler Kicera and Patrik Schumacher, members of the four shortlisted teams. "The Prism," a proposal by JCDecaux in collaboration with Zaha Hadid And we asked Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, about the challenges ahead for the firm following the sudden death of Zaha Hadid.
A Rumble in West Hollywood Since it was incorporated 27 years ago, West Hollywood has been known worldwide as a "gay destination." Some 37% of its residents are gay or lesbian. Now its reputation for enlightened self-government is under challenge. In next month’s city council election, veteran incumbents are accused of selling out to developers. Would term limits make for a healthier democracy? Or does their institutional memory make them more valuable than ever?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?