Tag: History

Villain and Visionary

Why we can’t agree on William Mulholland.

An Athlete Dying Young

The starter called, “Come to your marks!” and I knelt at the blocks for the finals of the Class C seventy-five-yard dash at the 1952 Kern Relays.

Origins of the LA Riots

The 1992 Los Angeles riots had roots not in Rodney King but in a killing that brought three very different women to a violent intersection a year earlier.

Reading for Liberalism

Before there was Boom or Sunset, there was the Overland Monthly. Its editors hoped it would help transform California’s social landscape.

The LA That Might Have Been

Game-changing proposals that could have transformed Los Angeles, but were never built.

Witness to a Hanging

“Hangmans trees” force us to think about California’s violent history of uprooting.

The World in the Curl

A new history of surfing captures the paradoxes and contradictions of this iconic California sport and points a longboard toward the future.

Down by the Bay

A new book by historian Matthew Booker demonstrates the law of unintended consequences in our own backwaters and backyards.

Showdown at Glendale Narrows

The Santa Monica Mountains are one mass of rock, thrust up and eroded above ground, deeply rooted, impervious below.

Help Us Solve a Mystery?

We asked readers to help us solve an aquatic conundrum for a forthcoming issue and they delivered.