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June at Santa Monica’s Annenberg Community Beach House

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Via city of Santa Monica press release. What’s more fun than summer at the Beach House? Do a lot or do a little! Get active: Try one of our summer-inspired classes! BOGAFiT on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-8:15...

Big Changes Likely In Store for Summer Pier Concert Series, But Will It Be...

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The Santa Monica Pier Corporation Board Wednesday night voted to recommend some big changes to the annual summer concert series that has been a mainstay at the Pier for more than three decades. The decision...

Throwback Thursday: Here Comes the Train

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The train's a-comin'! Expo testing is scheduled to extend all the way to 4th Street today, marking the first time a passenger train has been west of Lincoln Boulevard in decades. It won't be long...

Throwback Thursday: Santa Monica’s Apartment Boom

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Today in Santa Monica, there is near-constant talk about the jobs-housing imbalance. The problem, simply put, is that because of decades of minimal growth policies, the city doesn't have enough apartments, condos, or single-family...

Throwback Thursday: “A Dream Come True and A Promise Fulfilled”

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'Twas a glorious day in the bayside city of Santa Monica nearly 90 years ago. On March 17, 1929, the Outlook heralded plans by the homegrown Bay Cities Guaranty Building-Loan Association to construct the burgeoning...

Searching Through Downtown Santa Monica’s Past for a Glimpse of its Future

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The oldest building in Santa Monica sits in the heart of the city’s downtown. The squat and unassuming brick structure, sandwiched between a youth hostel and an Italian restaurant, doesn’t look like much. But more...

Moving to Santa Monica: A How-To Guide

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  So, you’re moving to Santa Monica, the eight-square miles of eco-friendly paradise on the western edge of Los Angeles County. Your new home – we’re guessing it’s an apartment since about 70 percent of...

Transforming Bergamot Station

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In the middle of Santa Monica's Bergamot Station – a collection of about three dozen art galleries housed in repurposed industrial buildings – there is a patch of green space. It is small, about...

Infographic: Historic Housing Trends in Santa Monica

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Editor's note: The above infographic traces the historical trends of housing in Santa Monica. Data are from existing housing stock. As is clear from the graphic, in the last 30 years, relatively little housing...

Looking back on 3rd Street on the Promenade’s 25th Birthday

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Visiting the Third Street Promenade on any given day – let alone on a holiday weekend – it's hard to imagine the three block stretch between Wilshire Boulevard and Broadway in Downtown Santa Monica...

Video: Santa Monica Honors Its War Dead

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For 76 years, locals have gathered at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood for the bay city's annual Memorial Day celebration. This year, along with the usual food, music and military flyover, City officials...

What Would Arcadia Do?

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. Let me begin my further ruminations and fulminations on the Downtown Community Plan (DCP) with a quibble, namely the failure to include in the DCP’s historical background...

Santa Monicas That Weren’t

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If you haven't been to see the A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum exhibit Never Built: Los Angeles, it's definitely worth a trip and the price of admission for anyone interested in the history of...

Gruber: Multiple Character Disorder

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Editor’s note: This post first appeared in Healthy City Local. It is reprinted below with the author’s permission. Santa Monica Next welcomes guest contributions and editorials. We look for fact-based content relevant to the future of...

A Review of “Save the Pier”: A Play Recounting the Fight to Stop the...

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The following is a review of “Save the Pier,” a one-hour play recounting the grassroots fight in the early 1970s to stop the demolition of the Santa Monica Pier. Let me be blunt – I...
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