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The steel skeleton of the $400-million Academy Museum is now rising at the LACMA campus, as seen in a drone photograph by Lon Snyder.

The project, which is being built by the Academy of Motion PIcture Arts and Sciences, is being carved into the shell of a former May Company department store at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.  The iconic feature of the museum - a glass sphere - is being built immediately north of the historic structure.

Renzo Piano, the Italian architect responsible for some of the most recent expansions of the LACMA campus, is designing the AMPAS Museum.

Expected complete in Spring 2019, the project will create a permanent home for the Academy's collection of films, memorabilia and movie-making artifacts, displayed through a series of galleries and on-site theaters.

Image via AMPAS

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A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.
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In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit