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Shelterporn Thursday

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In the battle of the Thursday Home sections, the NY Times smacks the LA Times down without even breaking a sweat. Just look at those web pages: the NY Times has a gorgeous photo that will make you drool, even if a cedar-sheathed house with a copper tower doesn't sound like your thing. The LA Times, on the other hand, starts with a jumble of text that's not been copy edited for the web, and has just the first line of the main stories with a complete paragraph of a minor one. The LA Times has NO pictures accompanying their stories, highlights the linen designs of Jane Seymour (yes, that Jane Seymour) and the photo gallery (mostly of stuff to buy) appears to be the same one that was up last week. Meanwhile the lead NY Times story comes with an audio-enhanced slideshow, and their Currents slideshow about LA design trends pops merrily across our fair city. Alas, LA Times, alas.

Curbed LA has the news about a massive deal ($5 billion massive) to buy Arden Realty, which owns office buildings in SoCal. But we like the pretty pictures of a yet-to-be-built hillside house in Silverlake.

In case we haven't mentioned it, Kevin Roderick of LA Observed has a new book: Wilshire Boulevard: The Grand Concourse of Los Angeles. Los Angeles plus history plus pretty pictures equals the stuff we love.

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The once-excellent Budget Living Magazine has fallen off the rails. Luckily Domino has picked up the torch of light banter articles, excellent layout, cool stuff and design that can protect your wallet.

We know, all this shelterporn is obscene. But we can't resist.

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