FROM Paul Habibi
From a Concrete Ditch to a Real Estate Boom After the concrete was poured in the 1930's to make it a flood-control channel, nobody thought much about the LA River. But new events and amenities are attracting visitors, and a $1.3 billion plan for cleanup and restoration took a step forward last month. There's now such a boom in real estate speculation that long-time residents are worried about being priced out. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez went down to the river. You can learn more and see additional photos of gentrification along the LA River on the WWLA blog .
Should Santa Monica Grow Up or Maintain a Low Profile? If you've been to the beach in Santa Monica or sampled the shopping or nightlife lately, you've driven around the traffic cones and seen scaffolding around new buildings. But the City Council has refused to consider raising the height limit above 84 feet without making developers jump through hoops — with no guarantees of the outcome. KCRW producer Evan George visited the city's new beach-side Tongva Park , where he talked with Mayor Pro-Tem Terry O'Day. Be Excited! Be Prepared! Looking out through one of the sculptures at Tongva Park
Growing Up and Growing Small KCRW's continuing series, LA Grows Up has focused on high-rise residential buildings to accommodate increasing urban density. But the process also includes growing small. New micro-apartments have roughly 300 square feet. Is that enough space for single young professionals or retirees? What about parking?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.