“Play Streets” bring fun and more to Los Angeles

“The temporary transformation of Fickett Street in Boyle Heights began with yellow shades resembling huge kites suspended over the sun-scorched asphalt. Soon, a thoroughfare known for its speeding vehicles and gang activity became something else entirely — a “play street” in which women gathered for Lotería, or Mexican bingo, and …

Map: Real places that inspired the best kids’ books!

Atlas Obscura offers up “A Guide to the Real-Life Homes of the Heroes of Children’s Literature.” Find the actual streets, buildings and spaces that provided the inspiration and settings for some of your favorite books! Thus far, the map only covers North American locales. But imagine the road trip it …