What is home? Is it just four walls and a roof? Or is it something more? The launch pad for your dreams, the repository for your hopes, your cushion against the world? Yes, yes and yes. Having a place to call one's own offers a sense of hope and possibility for the future. This week's LA Times Home & Garden section focuses on a number of housing projects that have been built to house those without any homes of their own. From skid row to Santa Monica, they're designed to support the future of those who thought they didn't have any future. Links to this story on the LA Times website and more stories, after the jump...
New housing projects for homeless go beyond basic shelter: New housing complexes on LA's skid row go beyond just offering shelter; they offer hope and raise important questions about the power of design to do more than just look good.
Garden Tour Preview: A sumptuous home in Altadena: The Garden Conservancy's Open Days tours are scheduled for tomorrow in Altadena and May 9 in Los Angeles. Here, an in-depth look at Cheryl Bode and Robin Colman's lush and sumptuous garden, one of the six gardens on the tour
Century Plaza Hotel faces demolition With Century City being the current place to have an office if you are in the entertainment business, it was only a matter of time before developers would cast an eye on the Century Plaza Hotel with an idea towards razing it to make way for two new mixed-use monoliths. In the occasional column, "Lost LA," Sam Watters argues for preserving the hotel, what it means for Los Angeles' past, what it means for our future.
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