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Looking Back at the History of Downtown Santa Monica with Frank Gruber

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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdvvXDmllNggYww6VqhXFY6U7oGBRAb9e Downtown Santa Monica today is one of southern California's premiere destinations. People flock there from everywhere in the city, the region, the state, and even the world. But it wasn't always that way. In fact,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Throwback Thursday: The Gambling Ships of Santa Monica

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Santa Monica in the early 1930s was many things, but a sleepy beach town it wasn't. The bayside city was a major industrial center where Douglas Aircraft Company (later known as McDonnell Douglas) manufactured the famous...

Throwback Thursday: The Last Train from Santa Monica

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"END OF THE LINE," the headline screams in all caps from the yellowed newspaper. The story is buried in the Communities section of the Evening Outlook, announcing a bit of L.A. County rail history. "The last train...

Coming Up: The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Hosts Annual Meeting, Celebrate...

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This week, the local League of Women Voters invites you to the organization’s annual meeting, at which Santa Monica Director of Planning David Martin will speak. Also, come celebrate 150 years of the end...

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...

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...

Throwback Thursday: When Santa Monica Pier Was Home to the “Acme of Dance Palaces”

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Tonight is the inaugural performance of the 2015 Twilight Concert series at the Santa Monica Pier. Every year, the concerts draw thousands to the iconic destination to hear music and mingle with friends amidst the...

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...

Gruber: A Candidate’s Perspective on the Santa Monica City Council Election, Part One

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Editor's note: Below is the first in a series of blog posts by former City Council Candidate and long-time political observer, Frank Gruber, taking a closer look at the November 2014 election. The original...

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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