What’s That Huge New Streetlamp in Front of the Liquor Store at Pico and Normandie: A Weapon? A Camera?

Our in-house historian has the answer

Six hundred of these missile-shaped SmartPole streetlights are on their way to a sidewalk near you. Los Angeles is the first U.S. city to install the Philips 4G LTE wireless masts, which provide lighting as well as cellular coverage through Verizon and will have optional modules for charging electric cars and for operating parking meters, advertising boards, smog sensors, and surveillance equipment. Didn’t one of the Transformers movies start like this?