We finally had some time this morning to catch up on our online reading and viewing, and found several interesting items we thought our readers would enjoy as well. For your Saturday edification, we present the following links:
This video provides a look into the land scarcity and high-price-of-housing issues in Hong Kong, which have resulted in many people now living in “cage homes” smaller than the average parking space. The specific land use issues are not exactly the same as those in Los Angeles (almost all land in Hong Kong is government-owned, for example), but it’s both fascinating and more than a bit frightening to see a city with even worse densification issues than ours, and how that is playing out for residents. (Video length 9:53)
This trailer is a preview for an installment of NBC-TV’s “Dateline” series, which will feature a segment tomorrow evening (Sunday, August 19, 7 p.m.) on the homeless crisis in Los Angeles. It will probably be quite interesting to see how a national-level media outlet interprets the local situation. (Trailer length: :53)
Our mid-Los Angeles neighborhoods include several that have been particularly proactive in preserving or replicating their distinctive original streetlights (for example, Ridgewood-Wilton recently added some historic-design streetlights to several blocks that never had lights before…and Windsor Square created the first official historic streetlight district in the city, way back in 1988). This story is a fascinating look at the wider history of street lighting in Los Angeles, and the many efforts over the years to preserve, maintain or replace our distinctive historic lights.