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SaMo’s Camera Obscura Building Offers a Glimpse into the Past

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Often overlooked, Santa Monica’s Camera Obscura is a noteworthy relic of photographic history. Stepping into the attraction’s small, darkened space transports today’s media-saturated visitors to a time when the public viewed the projection of...

Throwback Thursday: “Big Amusement” Comes to Ocean Park

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane with the help of the Santa Monica Public Library’s digital archives to a hundred years ago this week when The Evening Outlook announced the deal that would...

Video: Woodlawn Cemetery’s ‘Living History’ Tour Gives Voice to Its Most Famous Occupants

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsMrBOYf_0Q Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica held its third annual Living History Tour on Saturday as 14 actors stood by the graves of noted people buried there to deliver monologues highlighting their lives. The community was...

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...

Mapping the Culture of Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood

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The colorful mural painted on two long concrete walls under the Santa Monica Freeway along the Stewart Street underpass in Santa Monica tells the story of the Pico neighborhood surrounding it. The mural was created...

About Maynard and Sheila Ostrow

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The following piece was co-authored by Ernie Powell, former community organizer at the Church in Ocean Park and founding member, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and Sharon Gilpin, 26-year former resident, former Santa Monica Planning...

Santa Monica Marks Anniversary of Fatal Shooting Spree

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One by one they walked to the front of the gathering in Santa Monica to ring a bell and say a name. The names they called out were family and friends who have been...

We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Zoning and the World Is Getting Worse

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This article originally appeared on Streetsblog Los Angeles. This week marks a noteworthy anniversary. The first city-scale zoning law in the United States was enacted on July 25, 1916, in New York City. The New York...

Zoning for Santa Monica’s Future: Child Care

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We've talked a lot about Santa Monica's upcoming zoning ordinance update, the document which will enact the City's award-winning Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE). While much of the talk has been about housing, height...

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...

Gruber: Santa Monica and the Great L.A. Late 20th Century Transfiguration

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For my last post I reread parts of Mike Davis’ City of Quartz to give me some perspective on what’s going on today in Santa Monica with anti-development politics. As perceptive as Davis was, however, it was also...

Gruber: Turns Out That When It Comes To Local Politics Santa Monica is not...

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Note: This article originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. It is reprinted here with the author's permission.  In the last couple of posts I’ve been trying, mostly by means of rereading Mike Davis’s City of Quartz, to put anti-development politics...

Event: Next and Santa Monica Spoke to Screen “Dogtown and Z-Boys” at Vidiots

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Join Santa Monica Next and Santa Monica Spoke for a screening of Dogtown and Z-Boys, a look back at the Santa Monica and Venice of the 1970s where skateboarding was invented. Join us from 6:30...

Tell Us Your Favorite Santa Monica Next Story of 2015!

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With only about 10 days left in 2015, we thought we'd ask our readers to tell us what their favorite Santa Monica Next stories of the last year have been. Maybe you particularly liked one of our Throwback...

Throwback Thursday: Santa Monica Bike Week Edition

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It's bike week, so we thought we would celebrate with a special edition of Throwback Thursday. It turns out Santa Monica has had bicycles in its DNA from the very beginning. All clips from the...
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