This Week on DnA: The Fight to Save an Ice Rink, and a Liveable LA, in an Age of “Her;” McMansion V Megamansion in Everything Talks

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Angelenos fight to save an ice rink, as rising land values threaten quality of life, and Planet Granite responds. LA natives and urban critics debate the emerging LA of ‘Her.’

CC Ice Rink, Final Day SignThe beloved Culver Ice Arena is closing because it cannot afford a new market rent. Today’s show explores the fight to save the rink, and what its demise says about the changing character of Los Angeles as buildings, and land values, rise and rise.

With Culver City councilmembers Micheal O’Leary and Andrew Weissman, Calarts professor Norman Klein, Shannon Takahashi of Culver Ice Arena, Cary Anderson, Culver City resident and other supporters of the rink. Renee DeAngelis, owner of Planet Granite, responds. (Find the individual segments and more information, here).

Also, the movie Her depicts an LA of towers and public transit. But is that the only LA we want? Chris Nichols, Norman Klein, Craig Hodgetts, Evan Kleiman and Sam Lubell reflect on the gains and losses — in buildings, lifestyle and essential LA-ness — as the region grows upwards and inwards. (Find the individual segment, here)

And, on Everything Talks, even the superrich cannot control their environment. A McMansion finds itself upstaged — by a MegaMansion. With Tom Saunders and Kristen Hansen. (Find the individual segment and past episodes, here).