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Are you aware of any organization that offers regular tours of the L.A. River?

If you’re interested in walking parts of the nearly 50-mile-long, concrete-lined, often dry waterway, you can do it several times a year with Friends of the Los Angeles River,...

Do you know the history of the Boat House on Hyperion in Silver Lake?

Its name is Grace. The two-story ship-shaped building, at the corner of Tracy, has been sailing toward the western sunset since 1941. For decades it was a recording studio...

How do commuters go to the bathroom when they are stuck in traffic? Is there some contraption, or do Angelenos have extra-large bladders?

Didn’t your mother make you go before long car trips? I’ve done an informal survey of drivers with long commutes. The results: Some were disgusted by your question, and...

I’ve heard there is an abandoned railroad bridge in L.A. that has become a park, like New York’s High Line.

All aboard for the Greenway Trail. New York might have its High Line, a public park along the old, elevated West Side railroad tracks through Chelsea. But the Greenway...

I don’t understand how those lights in the pavement on the 110 freeway are supposed to help direct traffic. They are so bright, I’m surprised they’re not causing accidents.

Just remember the new Caltrans slogan: “When the lights shine, don’t cross the line.” In January the northbound 110 at the transition to the 5 north—a notorious bottleneck—became the...

In the 1800s, did a freed slave own much of downtown along what is now Broadway?

Bridget “Biddy” Mason, who lived from 1818 to 1891, was indeed an early booster of downtown development. Brought from Georgia to California, where she was freed, Mason paid $250...

Is it true that there are more medical marijuana stores in L.A. than Starbucks locations?

It does seem as if I’ve been seeing more green crosses than green mermaids lately. In fact, the Kush far outweighs the French roast. The health department lists 166...

Is there really a building that houses a giraffe and other circus animals next to the Sylmar juvenile hall off the 210 freeway?

I can imagine the guards saying, “You know, if you hadn’t ended up in here, you could be out with those animals.” Yes, an adult and a young giraffe...

The Hollywood sign recently said SAVE THE PEAK. What have been some of its most memorable makeovers?

Heirs of Howard Hughes owned 138 acres near the sign until 2002, when a Chicago developer (no, not Sam Zell) bought the land on the cheap. Folks working to...

Are there any working orange groves left in L.A.?

After about 200 years as a producer—and at the top of the citrus market for half that time—Los Angeles County has almost run out of juice. The holdouts include...