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Gin Ling Way in Chinatown was built in the neon era, so its structures were coated in brightly colored fascia signs, with neon piping outlining the buildings and their fanciful rooflines. It was a glowing destination unlike any other in the city.

Photo from “Spectacular Illumination: Neon Los Angeles 1925-1965” courtesy Angel City Press.

Changing the rules for HFC's 9 MIN, 6 SEC

Americans have the biggest fridges in the world. Not only that, the U.S. outstrips the rest of the world in the use of air-conditioning. Now developing countries like India and China are catching up. But there is an environmental cost. Last week, negotiators for nearly 200 countries agreed to limit the use of HFCs, or hydrofluorocarbons, the greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning. Do we need to reign in our addiction to keep things chill? Or is there a clean alternative to HFCs?

Guests:
Jonathan Rees, Colorado State University, Pueblo (@jhrees)

When LA was lit with neon 7 MIN, 53 SEC

Most cities in Los Angeles County today are pretty strict about signage. That was not always the case though; in fact at one time streets were “cacophonous” with vivid neon signs. That’s according to Tom Zimmerman and Eric Lynxwiler, co-authors of “Spectacular Illumination: Neon Los Angeles 1925-1965.” They gave DnA a tour of the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, which houses some classic neon signs, and talked about why neon is making a comeback.

Guests:
Tom Zimmerman, Author
Eric Lynxwiler, Author, Graphic Designer

Jews and the development of Los Angeles 11 MIN, 22 SEC

This weekend DnA producer Avishay Artsy will lead a tour of the Jewish history of Boyle Heights. It’s the culmination of a year of research he’s been doing on the Jewish imprint on LA’s built environment. The journey starts in the mid-1800s and travels from downtown and East LA to the Fairfax District, West LA and the San Fernando Valley; and features enterprising builders and architects, from Joseph Newmark, Eli Broad and Yuval Bar-Zemer to Richard Neutra, Gregory Ain and Frank Gehry.

Guests:
Avishay Artsy, Producer, DnA: Design and Architecture (@heyavishay)

More:
How Jews created American Modernism

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