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How Santa Monica's Third Street Became a Promenade

Since 1965, the pedestrian rather than the automobile has reigned over a three-block stretch of downtown Santa Monica.

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How Los Angeles Got a "Downtown"

A New York import, the term "downtown" arrived in Los Angeles by the late 1870s.

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The View from Dodger Stadium in 1877

Before Dodger Stadium, there was Mount Lookout -- one of the best vantage points for sweeping views of Los Angeles.

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Bellevue Terrace and Beaudry Park: L.A.'s Two Lost Hilltop Gardens

Bellevue Terrace and Beaudry Park might have become jewels of L.A.'s parks system, but the city failed to set aside the ...

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