Descanso Gardens photo by Justin Tarango; Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

KCET’s Lost LA: Descanso Gardens “Lost L.A.: Descanso Gardens” explores the history of one of southern California’s most-beloved public gardens. From its pre-colonial origins as an oak woodland to its contemporary role as a living museum, the film examines how the Descanso Gardens reflects the social, political and cultural evolution of Los Angeles.

Thirsty city: after months of water rationing Nairobi may run dry: “The water available to the city has plummeted. Nairobi’s water company is distributing 400,000 cubic metres a day, 150,000 less than it used to and 350,000 less than the city needs; 60% of the population lacks reliable water. Of 78 public boreholes, only 48 work. “Nairobi used to be a swamp but is no longer behaving like one. Our underground rivers have dried up.”

Magical, Striking Scenes From … Google Street View?: “When she lost her job in early 2016, Kenny spent a lot of time poking around on the internet. She made some interesting screen grabs on Google Street View a few years prior and decided to look for more. She quickly realized the project allowed her to explore locations she’d never visit otherwise. “I feel like I’ve kind of been to these places, even though I haven’t,” she says.”

An Elaborate, Beautiful, Failed Vision for Central Park: “This rejected design for Central Park, currently on display at the New-York Historical Society, is 8½ feet long. One of 33 entries in the 1857 design competition that chose a plan for the site, engineer John Rink’s plan was lost for years before being discovered in an attic in 2008.”

Did a Cancelled Memorial to Norway’s Utøya Massacre Go Too Far?: “Memory Wound” seemed to me, in truth, a bad idea, more lacerating than consoling, though only by a degree when compared with more successful precedents. The oblique-angled, black-marble walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Washington, and the deep, cascading pools on the site of the destroyed World Trade towers, in New York, also are excavations and also address the feelings of helplessness that attend irremediable loss. They, too, assume and may even amplify pain, but with instructive differences.


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