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Why does so much city-owned land sit idle in Los Angeles?

For the last eight years, I have used my commute from the South Bay to downtown to explore the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The more I drive, the more I notice what I call L.A.’s “lost space,” mysterious plots of land that sit abandoned or underused throughout the city.<p>On Figueroa Street near West …

Market Corrections Are Common, Do Not Abandon Your Plan

To quote Ron Burgundy, the title character in the movie, "Anchorman," "Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast."<p>Such is …

Stock Markets

Real Estate 101: What if our predictions are wrong?

I spend a good deal of my professional life forecasting the current value of commercial real estate. The concept is fairly simple; it is the mantra …

Spruce Goose hangar complex is sold to Japanese investors

Japanese investors have bought the landmark hangar in Playa<p>Vista, now leased by Google, where mogul Howard Hughes built his Spruce Goose aircraft in the 1940s.<p>Los Angeles developer Ratkovich Co. and its financial partner Penwood Real Estate Investment Management sold the four-building Hercules …

Home buyers' and sellers' interests must be protected when the same firm represents both, state Supreme Court rules

Hiroshi Horiike decided to buy the Malibu home the day he saw it.<p>The wealthy, Hong Kong businessman paid $12.25 million in cash for the Tuscan-style mansion with four bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms and an infinity pool that looked out over the ocean.<p>Two years later, Horiike learned the house he thought was …

5 Interview Tips to Find the Long-Term Employee

Tom Gimbel (@TomGimbel) is founder & CEO of LaSalle Network, a national staffing and recruiting firm headquartered in Chicago. Any hiring manager know the basics: You’re seeking a person with the skills to do the job and can grow the business, as well as having a positive attitude, a good sense of …

The Best Stretches for Your Back After Sitting a Long Time

A professor of physical therapy offers advice for desk-bound workers and people on long car trips<p>Nearly 80% of people in the U.S. complain of back pain. Most cases are mild and unrelated to injuries such as herniated disks or arthritis, but they can still turn a desk job or road trip into an …

Physiotherapy

How many of these 25 top landmarks have you visited? Machu Picchu is No. 1

TripAdvisor travelers love Peru's Machu Picchu and the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington. The two sites were ranked, respectively, as the No. 1 landmarks in the world and in the U.S.<p>Machu Picchu draws just over a million visitors a year to the 15th century Inca ruins in a remote area …

Starwood Hotels bidding war escalates: China's Anbang offers $15 billion

The price for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. continues to rocket higher, with the latest bid from China's Anbang Insurance Group Co. and its partners crossing the $15-billion mark.<p>Starwood, whose properties include Sheraton hotels, San Francisco's Westin St. Francis and the St. Regis New …

Hospitality

Starwood Hotels jumps at Anbang's sweetened bid; Marriott could counteroffer

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. called off a $12.2-billion buyout agreement with Marriott International Inc. in favor of an offer from a group of investors led by Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co.<p>The decision came after Anbang upped its offer for Starwood by nearly $370 …

Hospitality

Australia’s Students Are Hot Property for Developers

As lower Australian dollar spurs foreign student numbers, companies are homing in on the market<p>Global property developers are circling in on the latest hot property market in Australia: student housing.<p>As the recent fall in the Australian dollar spurs foreign student numbers, companies from Dubai …

Stock Markets

Beloved New York eatery Shake Shack is coming to Southern California, but will it survive?

Beloved New York eatery Shake Shack is planting its buns on the West Coast for the first time, opening Tuesday on a busy block in West Hollywood.<p>But in picking Southern California for its westward expansion, Shake Shack may be facing its biggest challenge yet: whether a Big Apple burger joint can …

Chinese insurer acquiring Santa Monica resort, Hotel del Coronado in $6.5-billion portfolio deal

The Loews Santa Monica Beach and the historic Hotel del Coronado near San Diego are being acquired by a Chinese insurance company as part of a $6.5-billion deal.<p>Blackstone Group, a New York private equity firm, has agreed to sell its Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc., which owns 16 luxury properties, …

Hospitality

Unconventional real estate developer Mike Harrah sets sights on the Orange County Register

Some real estate developers like to avoid calling attention to themselves.<p>Mike Harrah isn't one of them.<p>He stands 6 foot 6, weighs about 275 pounds and sports a signature ZZ Top beard.<p>He's flown his own Cobra attack helicopter in stunts for Hollywood movies and boasts on his website about "driving …

Measuring income along L.A.'s Metro stations

This year has seen the extension of two Metro lines to<p>affluent communities. The income level around Metro<p>stations can go from twice the amount of Los Angeles<p>County’s median income to well below in a matter of a few<p>stops. We decided to look at median household income<p>levels along all the lines to get …

How do people with groundbreaking ideas bring them into reality?

Adam Grant is not your typical business school professor. Just 34, he reached tenure while still in his 20s and finished his doctorate in less than three years. He writes op-eds with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and got a book blurb from the likes of J.J. Abrams, the director of …

Time to Say Goodbye to Long Bull Market?

U.S. stocks are flashing lots of bearish signs; investors aren’t panicking<p>Several market indicators are fueling expectations for further declines in U.S. stocks as investors grapple with the turbulence that has marked the start of the year.<p>Thursday and Friday brought a pause to January’s selling, …

Why Small Businesses Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong

The social network can be a great place to promote a startup. Here’s how to do it right.<p>How can a small company make the most of LinkedIn?<p>The social network is an inescapable part of online life for working professionals. But much of the advice on how to leverage it is targeted at big names. Over …

Social Media

Startup Pays Cash to Buy Homes, Flip Them

OpenDoor’s approach appeals to sellers who need to move quickly<p>When Luke Dalien and his family needed to quickly sell their Phoenix-area house, they didn’t turn to a real-estate broker. Instead, they sold the home within two weeks to an Internet startup eager to pay cash.<p>The startup, OpenDoor Labs …

Real Estate

10 must-try, late-night taco trucks and stands

There’s nothing quite like ending a night on the town standing under the bright fluorescent lights of a food truck, carelessly consuming a warm, beautifully arranged plastic foam plate of tacos al pastor.<p>L.A. offers a vast array of options on the ever-expanding taco spectrum. There are artisanal …

Shake Shack to open in downtown Los Angeles

The In-N-Out vs. Shake Shack burger rivalry is heating up. (Those from SoCal know the true winner.) Shake Shack, the New York City-originated burger chain plans to open a location in downtown L.A, DTLA Rising reported.<p>The downtown location will replace the 801 Hill nightclub at the corner of Hill …

What will aging boomers and millennials mean for economic growth?

The demographics of aging boomers and coming-of-age millennials will accelerate changes in the economy. The hard part is figuring whether they'll be good or bad for growth.<p>The median age of the 75 million American baby boomers was 60 in 2015. The median age of millennials, who also number an …

Psy-chology 101: Academics Put Spotlight on Korean Pop Culture

Boy bands, soap operas get attention; ‘potentialized mimetic power’<p>SEOUL—Academic minds around the world are tackling some tough new questions about South Korea:<p>—Why do Korean soap opera plotlines seem to defy the basic principles of microeconomic theory?<p>—What can we learn about the …

Music Videos

The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

Ohio may be on the brink of creating America’s first marijuana ‘monopoly.’<p>On the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the …

Cannabis

Developer Michael Marini has big ideas for small lots

<b>The gig:</b> Michael Marini, 49, is chief executive of Planet Home Living, one of the leading developers of small-lot subdivisions — clusters of townhome-like single-family houses that are only inches apart from each other. The sleek, modern developments have proved extremely popular among Los Angeles …

Walgreens to buy rival Rite Aid for $9.4 billion, creating drugstore giant

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. on Tuesday agreed to buy Rite Aid Corp. for about $9.4 billion, combining two of the nation's largest drugstore chains as they bulk up to better compete in the rapidly changing healthcare industry.<p>Walgreens has about 8,200 stores throughout the United States, including …

Vernon glazing products maker C.R. Laurence acquired for $1.3 billion

CRH, an international building materials group, has acquired Vernon-based glazing products manufacturer C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. for $1.3 billion.<p>C.R. Laurence is North America's leading supplier to the glass and glazing industry, making and distributing products such as glass installation tools and …

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Careers

Planet Fitness goes public, hits mark in first day of trading

"Judgment-free" budget gym chain Planet Fitness is the latest fitness company to go public.<p>Shares of the Newington, N.H.-based company closed at $16 on its first day of trading Thursday, matching the issue price.<p>Planet Fitness' gyms are known for cheap membership fees -- as low as $10 a month -- …