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After 25 Years, Danish Man Finishes Incredible Walkable Map Of The Earth: “The map is 300 feet by 150 feet and 10 inches on it corresponds to a scale of approximately 69 miles. Each country on the map is represented by a flag and U.S. states are represented yellow bricks. Red poles mark the equator, and you can play a globe-trotting game of mini golf across the grass. The map is located in the center of a park where you can also have a picnic and enjoy a cup of coffee and pastries after your adventure.”

Why Are So Many Trees Dying in Griffith Park?: “Steve Dunlap, a supervisor at the Department of Recreation and Parks Forestry Division, estimates that as many as 20 percent of Griffith Park’s trees could be killed as a result of the two foreign pests, although he admits there’s no way of really knowing just how bad the carnage will be. Especially vulnerable are the sycamore trees, many of which have already died and have been hauled away.”

Google Maps is being used to track air pollution in Oakland and other cities: “The Google Maps that have this information show how pollution levels can change in Oakland based on specific locations, street activity, and more. The idea is that posting this data in an easy visual way will assist communities to campaign for better air quality standards in their neighborhoods to their local and state governments. Google has already announced that its Street View cars with Aclima monitoring devices are currently measuring air quality in the Los Angeles and Central Valley regions of California, but they have not yet released data from those metro areas.”

Metro’s Tough Choice: Which Neighborhoods Deserve Rail Stations?: “Early planning showed the north-south line connecting the Crenshaw District to Hollywood, possibly veering through West Hollywood on its way to the Red Line’s Hollywood/Highland station. What has received considerably less discussion than the WeHo/Hollywood route is how Crenshaw will connect to Wilshire Boulevard and how it will interact with the mid-city neighborhoods it traverses.”

Tour the Getty Center’s spectacular Central Garden: “One of the center’s most impressive features is the 134,000-square-foot Central Garden designed by artist Robert Irwin. The sprawling green space contains over 500 species of plants from around the world, but when Irwin began work on the living sculpture in 1992, he knew very little about landscaping or horticulture.”

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