Los Angeles, California

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  The Hyperion Treatment Plant is the largest and oldest wastewater treatment plant in Los Angeles. It can process as much as 850 million gallons of waste each day. When it was constructed in 1894, on the beaches of El Segundo, it simply discharged raw sewage directly into the sea—–today, thankfully, it performs full waste treatment.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    The Hyperion Treatment Plant is the largest and oldest wastewater treatment plant in Los Angeles. It can process as much as 850 million gallons of waste each day. When it was constructed in 1894, on the beaches of El Segundo, it simply discharged raw sewage directly into the sea—–today, thankfully, it performs full waste treatment. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  Taken on their own, as sculptures in concrete, the region’s freeways are an unappreciated source of beauty, an experiential artwork you can drive on.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    Taken on their own, as sculptures in concrete, the region’s freeways are an unappreciated source of beauty, an experiential artwork you can drive on. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  The new headquarters for Caltrans, by local starchitect Thom Mayne, frames the most sci-fi seating area in town with strange angles of light and material.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    The new headquarters for Caltrans, by local starchitect Thom Mayne, frames the most sci-fi seating area in town with strange angles of light and material. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  The Los Angeles Theatre is a classic baroque movie palace from the 1930s. Designed by architect S. Charles Lee, it is now used primarily as a film location.
    The Los Angeles Theatre is a classic baroque movie palace from the 1930s. Designed by architect S. Charles Lee, it is now used primarily as a film location.
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  The Puente Hills Landfill is the largest active landfill in the United States. Its buried and rotting garbage produces methane gas, which is harvested by large pipes.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    The Puente Hills Landfill is the largest active landfill in the United States. Its buried and rotting garbage produces methane gas, which is harvested by large pipes. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  The Cascades are a registered State Histor-ical Landmark. They are where the 338-mile Owens River Aqueduct terminates, bringing fresh water to L.A. The aqueduct’s construction, which finished in 1913, is a fascinating—–and murky—–tale of government corruption and outright theft. It was made famous by the film Chinatown. Owens Valley residents, watching their water disappear into pipes bound for Los Angeles, successfully sued the city. Some of their water began returning in late 2006.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    The Cascades are a registered State Histor-ical Landmark. They are where the 338-mile Owens River Aqueduct terminates, bringing fresh water to L.A. The aqueduct’s construction, which finished in 1913, is a fascinating—–and murky—–tale of government corruption and outright theft. It was made famous by the film Chinatown. Owens Valley residents, watching their water disappear into pipes bound for Los Angeles, successfully sued the city. Some of their water began returning in late 2006. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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    Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  These cell phone masts atop Mt. Wilson, northeast of Pasadena, are the region’s major relay point for police, fire, and civilian communications.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    These cell phone masts atop Mt. Wilson, northeast of Pasadena, are the region’s major relay point for police, fire, and civilian communications. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  Covering more square miles than Rhode Island, greater Los Angeles is not always bathed in perfect sunshine. Here, the towers of downtown are lost in haze.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    Covering more square miles than Rhode Island, greater Los Angeles is not always bathed in perfect sunshine. Here, the towers of downtown are lost in haze. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  One Wilshire is what’s called a telco hotel: The majority of its rooms are full of hard drives and cables, hosting information for global businesses.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    One Wilshire is what’s called a telco hotel: The majority of its rooms are full of hard drives and cables, hosting information for global businesses. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  A glimpse of gravel pit workings.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    A glimpse of gravel pit workings. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  Sea Launch is a converted oil rig. Its surreal new role is to launch private satellites into space from the equatorial Pacific.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    Sea Launch is a converted oil rig. Its surreal new role is to launch private satellites into space from the equatorial Pacific. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  An exterior detail of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. The house was designed for the daughter of local oil magnate William Barnsdall in 1921.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    An exterior detail of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. The house was designed for the daughter of local oil magnate William Barnsdall in 1921. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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  The Baldwin Hills, in Culver City, offer a glimpse of L.A. as it used to be: covered in pumping jacks and hoping for oil. The Hills are now a popular film location.  Photo by Noah Webb.   This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
    The Baldwin Hills, in Culver City, offer a glimpse of L.A. as it used to be: covered in pumping jacks and hoping for oil. The Hills are now a popular film location. Photo by Noah Webb.
    This originally appeared in Los Angeles, California.
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