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  • Barbara Bestor's 18-unit Blackbirds: Architectural high density living in Echo Park

    Barbara Bestor's 18-unit Blackbirds: Architectural high density living in Echo Park
    As developer Casey Lynch leads a tour of the new 18-unit Blackbirds housing project in Echo Park, he stops in the central courtyard for a moment.
  • 'Small-lot homes' aim to drive down prices, but critics say they just drive up density

    'Small-lot homes' aim to drive down prices, but critics say they just drive up density
    The Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance was designed by the city of Los Angeles in 2005 as a way to increase density in urban areas, lower the price of single-family homes and boost homeownership. Architect Barbara Bestor says density is an imperative for...

    The tabletop as art display space: Ceramic mosaic tops by Furthur

    There are some wood-only tables for sale at Furthur on Sunset Boulevard but not many — the specialty at this furniture store is mosaic tabletops. "I love tile," says Michelle Arias, who, with her husband, Raymond, opened Furthur 20 years ago. "It'...

    Summer days just made for wasting

    Summer days just made for wasting
    How to kill a summer afternoon. Volume 1: I am tutoring the little guy on the fine art of wasting a summer day. No video games. No Netflix. Just the beach and the open water, "all surface and twinkle, far shallower than the spirit of man," as Henry...

    Growing herbs, for a healthy body, mind and spirit

    Growing herbs, for a healthy body, mind and spirit
    Herbs are fun and easy to grow, and not only can gardening keep you happy, but the herbs can help keep you healthy too. When you think about growing herbs, you might imagine a basil Caprese salad or rosemary sprinkled on roasted potatoes. But did you...