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I love the changing leaves of autumn. Where can I see some colorful foliage without leaving the city?

Illustration by Jason Schneider While it’s true that palm fronds stay green, you can still find a bit of New England here. Along with the native sycamores and oaks, the...

I got my new AAA card and noticed they don’t offer a bond service anymore. What if I get arrested?

Illustration by Bill Brown Most of us use the Auto Club card for late-night tow-truck adventures or discounts at El Torito, but that little piece of plastic can also open...

The opening credits of the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful appear to be filmed using the Getty Center as the backdrop. Is the image real or Photoshopped?

Even though the show has gone on location to the Santa Monica Pier and Angels Flight, the Getty image is a green-screen look-alike shot at CBS Television City. “That...

There’s so much graffiti in L.A.—isn’t there a protective treatment that could be applied to city walls?

Photograph courtesy jasonrubacky.com This may color your outlook: There is. USC, the Natural History Museum, and much of L.A.’s public housing have been treated with a spray paint-resistant coating. Mural...

Why aren’t Lucille Ball’s handprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre?

I love Lucy, you love Lucy, but the owners of the Chinese reserved their wet concrete for the mitts of stars from the big screen, like Marilyn Monroe and...

I was at the new Maywood Riverfront park, and there was a huge golden statue of an important-looking fellow. Who is he?

Photograph courtesy biography.com The 15-foot-tall monument honors Rubén Darío, “the most famous poet of the last thousand years,” according to über-fan German Peña. The Nicaraguan writer, who died in 1916,...

Library Tower is L.A.’s tallest building. What’s the largest?

Photograph courtesy Business Insider You thought you saw ambitious closet space on Cribs, but the four buildings that take up the most square feet hold lots of clothes. Del Amo...

There’s a famous story about Orson Welles going to Pink’s and consuming 17 hot dogs. Is this true?

Illustration by Jason Schneider Paul and Betty Pink opened their Hollywood hot dog stand in 1939, just before Welles began work on Citizen Kane. While the legendary actor-auteur was an...

Who painted green polka dots on the pavement at Sunset and Griffith Park boulevards?

Photograph courtesy losangeles.urbdezine.com A few chic planters and some street paint transformed this tiny block into a place to play and stroll. The County Health Department and the CDC funded...

Are there any working phone booths left in Los Angeles?

Photograph courtesy flickr/cjc4454 Hold the line—I found one. At the Standard hotel downtown, three midcentury steel, glass, and granite chambers remain. One houses an ATM, another a printer, while...