so many trees

by Jodi Summers Here’s the latest cocktail party factoid – there are approximately 3.04 trillion trees on earth. This is about seven and a half more than originally thought and roughly 422 for every person noted the recent Yale University-led study which. Also surprising…and somewhat disconcerting, the total number of trees has plummeted 46% since […]

too late to retrofit

by Jodi Summers As if the apartment rental situation in Los Angeles is not tenuous enough for you…just wait…the first phase of the city’s massive earthquake retrofitting project is about to begin. The Department of Building and Safety has compiled the official list of apartment buildings most at risk of collapse, landlords get notice in […]


edited by Jodi Summers Its official, cities that are tech hubs yield the most income per worker. Many of the most productive areas in the U.S. economy are cities that the headquarters of the world’s largest technology companies. The San Jose metro area – a.k.a. Silicon Valley – had the highest output per resident for […]

Santa Monica Place

compiled by Jodi Summers Have you ever noticed the green roof at Chicago’s Millennium Park? It’s got the largest green roof in the world. For the record multi-award winning 24.5-acre public park with venues for performance, art, sculpture, architecture and landscape architecture, located between Chicago’s lakefront and the central business district (the loop). “Created to […]


by Jodi Summers If you own real estate, you’re lucky. Your portfolio value grew…no matter where you own, but especially if you live in California. In 2015, the value of all homes across the U.S. increased $1.1 trillion, growing 4.1% percent over the past year. At year end, the entire housing stock is expected to […]


by Dorie Iwata As the town transforms, so goes Modernism Week. Just a few short years ago, I talked a couple of friends into driving out to Palm Springs for a kitschy event called the Retro Martini Party. MAYBE, there were 50 guests in attendance. I remember oohing and awing at one of the first […]