[Blog] Heyday’s “Green” Homes: Rock Row to Buzz Court
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[Blog] Heyday’s “Green” Homes: Rock Row to Buzz Court

Los Angeles housing developer The Heyday Partnership put its new project, Buzz Court, on the market less than two months ago. And now? Sold out. It must be a sign of the times — “green” architecture is as good as gold. I learned about Heyday when I wrote a case study of their previous project, Rock Row in Eagle Rock. (Full paper below.) I was impressed that the project incorporated a range of sustainable strategies without compromising aesthetics. Buzz Court seems to evince the same qualities. And Los Angeles is better for it. Continue reading

[Blog] Hello and Goodbye at the U.S.-Mexico Border
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[Blog] Hello and Goodbye at the U.S.-Mexico Border

After a half-dozen trips, I thought I knew Tijuana. I thought I understood the vicissitudes of border life. But I had never been to the crazy spot between the United States and Mexico, San Ysidro and Tijuana, where the border wall descends into the sea. I finally saw it in 2008, during a trip with the Occidental College Multicultural Summer Institute… Continue reading

[Blog] Earlez Grille Lunch for College Kids
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[Blog] Earlez Grille Lunch for College Kids

A few weeks ago, I took 30 students from Occidental College’s “Urban Fictions” literature class to Leimert Park. ¬†We stopped at Earlez Grille at Crenshaw and Exposition for lunch, thanks to the enthusiastic recommendation from a neighbor who used to work with City Councilman Bernard Parks in the area. “Everyone goes to Earlez Grille!” he … Continue reading