Amongst the many resources available pertaining to Los Angeles are websites, blogs, podcasts, and other online-only resources. I read many of them regularly, some too much, and almost all of them occasionally. For my own use and for the use of others (especially explorers and adventurers) I’ve here compiled what I hope is as conclusive a webography (or “webliography”) of Los Angeles sources. Magazines, books, and other print media will be included in the Los Angeles Bibliography.
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s map of Southern California (including rail)
Without intending any slights, I’ve almost certainly omitted a few worthy sites and some writers whose work is hard to pin down to a single site. Do please leave suggestions, though, and corrections in the comments, and bear with me as this is a work in progress. If you are the creator behind one of these sites and would like me to add a photo, logo, or other information — let me know… and thank you for the time, effort, and work you’ve put into celebrating various aspects of the city.
Ampersand is a blog covering culture in Los Angeles, or “an Arts & Culture digital magazine” based out of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
ANGELES ADVENTURES (2020-present)
Angeles Adventures is Melissa Tovar‘s site dedicated to hikes and outdoor adventures around Los Angeles. The author focuses more on back country adventures in the rugged San Gabriel Mountains rather than well-worn trails of our urban parks. The site also has an Instagram account.
AVOIDING REGRET (2006-present)
Sandi Hemmerlein‘s site, Avoiding Regret, chiefly deals with the author’s explorations of Los Angeles and surrounding areas and features lots of photography.
THE BEAT OF YOUNG LOS ANGELES (2009-2012)
The Beat of Young Los Angeles was a blog written by Chau Tu and Leslie Anne Wiggins, two journalists who met whilst working as assistant editors at The Los Angeles Times. Together, they wrote primarily about cultural events taking place in Los Angeles and occasionally promoted products recommended for purchase.
BETO’S BAR BLOG LA (2008-2013)
Beto’s Bar Blog LA was a blog created by a writer named Robert Cabuto to explore the history of bars in Los Agneles.
BIG ORANGE LANDMARKS (2007-2011)
Authored by someone whose nom d’internet is Floyd B. Bariscale, Big Orange Landmarks followed efforts to document all of Los Angeles’s Historic-Cultural Monuments as well as other noteworthy landmarks.
BLOGGING LOS ANGELES (2003-2017)
Jason DeFillippo and Sean Bonner launched Blogging Los Angeles with a wide focus on subjects pertaining to Los Angeles. Blogging Los Angeles ultimately grew into a network of 57 city-specific blogs known as Metroblogging. Neither author has contributed pieces to the site in some time, though, but the slack was, for a while, picked up by a small team of contributors.
BROWN KINGDOM (2005-present)
News and views of Los Angeles from a “Chicano barrio” perspective courtesy a writer known as Lonewolf. Most of the focus of Brown Kingdom pertains to Latino gang culture about which little judgment is passed beyond the admonition to readers and commenters to “KEEP IT HATE FREE!”
CALIFORNIA FOOL’S GOLD (2007-present)
California Fool’s Gold is my weblog about exploring communities of Southern California, named in homage to Huell Howser‘s television series, California’s Gold. Related series include Fast Food Undead, Greater Streets, High Rising, Homes Fit for Heroes, Mini-Mallism, Mist & Iron, No Enclave, Nobody Drives in LA, Office Park Life, Pan-Asian Metropolis, Red Deserts, Southland Parks, Swinging Doors, Take ’em to the Bridge, There it is, Revitalize It, Those Useless Trees, and Urban Rambles.
CONCRETE CHAPARRAL (2016-present)
Alan Starbuck‘s Concrete Chaparral is the author’s ongoing exploration of pockets of urban wilderness located within the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles. He hikes, explores ruins, and pays special attention to native flora and fauna which make his blog such a breath of fresh air.
CREEPY LA (2007-present)
According to its “about” section, Creepy LA is concerned with “the scary” in the Los Angeles area. Don’t go there expecting to read about car-dependency, methane leaks, or megadroughts, though; David Markland’s creep is mostly of an historical or supernatural sort.
CURATING LOS ANGELES (2010-2018)
CURBED LA/EATER LA/RACKED LA (2005-2020)
Curbed LA is the local offshoot of New York City‘s Curbed, the flagship of a network that at its peak covered about a dozen cities. It was famous for referring to any newly built, four-story mixed-use building as a “game-changer.” Curbed LA spawned Eater LA, a site that generates restaurant listicles, and Racked LA, which covers fashion and something called “wellness.” Sadly, Curbed LA ended its run in June 2020.
DISCOVER LOS ANGELES (2003-present)
Created by the LA Tourism & Convention Board, Discover Los Angeles is as predictably boosterish and breezy as one might expect an authorized tourist site to be. More surprising though is its frequent focus on affordability, exemplified by its publishing of calendars of free events such as museum free days and outdoor film screenings.
DTLA RISING WITH BRIGHAM YEN (2009-2017?)
DTLA Rising with Brigham Yen was Brigham Yen’s (yes, that’s his real name) Downtown Los Angeles-focused real estate blog.
THE EASTSIDER (2008-present)
The Eastsider is Jesus Sanchez‘s award-winning blog that covers the Eastside, Mideast Los Angeles (MELA), and Northeast Los Angeles (NELA). Pieces are written by Sanchez and a small team of contributors.
EAT THE WORLD LOS ANGELES (2018-present)
Eat the World Los Angeles is Jared Cohee‘s travel guide and culinary exploration of Los Angeles’s international food scene. For roughly seven years, Cohee was behind the website, Eat the World New York City. Since relocating to Los Angeles, he’s voraciously devoured the cuisines of numerous cultures in all corners of the region.
ENCLAVE LOS ANGELES (2013-present)
EnClave LOS ANGELES is Tom Nguyen‘s guide to art, dance, film, and music with a focus on underrepresented communities and emerging cultural creators. The blog is updated increasingly infrequently and is perhaps done (the last entry is from February 2020).
The Esotouric Blog is Kim Cooper and Richard Schave‘s blog counterpart to their bus tours, or “bus adventures into the secret heart of Los Angeles,” which they’ve been co-conducting since 2007.
EVANESCENT CITY (2014-2018)
Evanescent City was Laurie Avocado’s “photographic record of nostalgia, hope and change in the City of Angels.”
EXPERIENCE LA (2003-2016?)
eXperience LA was another tourist-oriented booster blog run by a partnership of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Overnight Prints, and “over 2,000 actively contributing arts and cultural organizations.” The website is expectedly advertorial although its promotion of public transit as a tool of city exploration is worth praise. Note: for those not old enough to remember, a stylized, uppercase “X” was de rigueur in the late 1990s for any marketer hoping to convey the supposedly desirable “extremeness” of the experience on offer. Around 2015/2016, it seems to have been absorbed into Discover Los Angeles.
EZRA LOVES LOS ANGELES (2013-2017?)
Ebullient Ezra Horne launched Ezra Loves Los Angeles to share his interest in “bikes, infrastructure, urbanism, transportation, community, decay, renewal, friends, art, architecture.” Having watched most episodes of his online series (he began producing them in 2013) I would add, specifically, “pedestrian underpasses and bridges” to that list. Ezra seems to have retired from making his videos around 2017.
FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION (2010-2019)
Form Follows Function was “a collaborative media studio creating non-fiction, short-format videos connecting architecture, people and place.” The collective’s videos, which include subjects like garden apartments, a typewriter repair shop, Skid Row, the Youth Break Center, and Union Church are what one wishes made up the subject matter on local news instead of sleb news (a sleb did stuff), traffic (it’s bad), and weather (it’s hot). Unfortunately for Los Angeles, creative director/director/editor Maya Santos moved away!
HIDDEN LOS ANGELES (2009-present)
Hidden Los Angeles was launched with the purpose of hipping people to the “real L.A.” Its tagline, “embracing the depth beneath the shallow” tells you all you need to know. The Facebook page, run by founder Wilda Lynn Garrett, is the most active arm of HLA. The blog hasn’t been updated since 2018 but the Facebook page remains active.
HISTORY, LOS ANGELES COUNTY (2007-2019).
Vickey Kall’s History, Los Angeles County is “about Los Angeles’ unique history reflected in the buildings, parks, and public spaces of the city and county.” The site is a mix between an aggregator and a content provider whose scope, despite the description, sometimes extends into Orange County (which, of course, used to be part of Los Angeles County). It seems to have ended its run in 2019.
THE HOLLYWOOD WALKER (2010-present, albeit now “The Long Lost Walker”)
The Hollywood Walker is author-and-Sheffield-native Geoff Nicholson’s (The Lost Art of Walking, Walking in Ruins) blog about “drifting and striding, in Hollywood and elsewhere.” At some point, Nicholson returned to the UK and its name changed to The Long Lost Walker. Naturally, the focus of entires is less often on Los Angeles.
THE HORIZON AND THE SKYLINE (2013-present)
The Horizon and the Skyline is the blog of a native Angeleno, one which reflects the author’s increased efforts to engage with and understand the changes underfoot in their hometown.
I AM NOT A STALKER (2008-present)
Because I Am Not A Stalker includes a section titled “Jennifer Aniston Locations,” refers to Los Angeles as “LaLaLand” and is authored by someone who claims to be obsessed with Michael Bublé, Starbucks’ Iced Lattes, and US Magazine, I briefly entertained the idea that it was a parody. Its claim to be the “definitive source for filming locations” is no joke though!
INTERSECTIONS SOUTH LA (2009-2015)
Intersections South LA was created by professors Bill Celis and Willa Seidenberg to train students to provide coverage for the area between University Park and Watts. Although South Los Angeles is a huge part of Los Angeles, it’s almost completely ignored by most local radio, print, and online media except when it comes time to run the semi-annual “best soul food” listicle; therefore Intersections LA’s focus on education, environment, healthcare, and immigration was a valuable corrective during its existence.
ITTY BITTY GADABOUT (2013)
Itty Bitty Gadabout was Daisy Sale Sepe’s sadly-shortlived blog about exploring “the sprawling city by Metro, bike, and foot” — sometimes as her alter-ego, Bitch Slap. Sadly for us, the author moved out of state. UPDATE: Daisy has since returned to Los Angeles, although she now focuses on leading tours with Wayfairing Women L.A. and writing about vegan Filipino food.
Departures was launched by public television station KCET in 2009 to explore “SoCal neighborhoods through history and social issues.” It has published some of my favorite Los Angeles writers with columns including Arrival Stories, Bike Culture, Block by Block, Confluence, Cakewalk, East of East, Engaging Spaces, Green Justice, Intersections, L.A. Letters, Laws That Shaped LA, A Los Angeles Primer, Lost Landmarks, One Ride at a Time, Open Classroom, Transpacific Routes, Where We Are, and Writing on the Wall.
GREEN LA GIRL (2005-2012)
Siel Ju blogged about Los Angeles through an environmentalist lens as Green LA Girl, but the blog is sadly no longer active.
J’s LA LA LAND – 加州女孩J的洛杉磯時尚生活 (2014-2020)
Los Angeles (and the internet) are home to a multitude of fashion bloggers and the focus of Jasmine “Jas” Chang‘s J’s LA LA Land – 加州女孩J的洛杉磯時尚生活 primary focus is on shopping, beauty, and fashion (she’s admittedly obsessed with denim). Chang also writes about Los Angeles more generally and does so both in Chinese and from the perspective of a Taiwanese resident — which makes its perspective more singular.
KADAE のロサンゼルス★K-TOWN LIFE【グルメとコリアタウン生活】(2009-present)
The primary focus of Kadaeのロサンゼルス★K-TOWN LIFE【グルメとコリアタウン生活】is on dining and food events in Los Angeles, hardly an uncommon subject for local bloggers. Hers is the only one that I know of, however, that focuses primarily on Koreatown, is written in Japanese, and has the charming appearance of an old Geocities page. The author, Kadae Kayo Lim, also writes a separate noodles-only blog: Kadaeのロサンゼルス麺探訪！！
LA AS SUBJECT (2010-present)
LA as Subject is the USC Library’s site devoted to “collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles” and “improving access to the archival material of Los Angeles history.” Most entries are written by either Liza Posas or Nathan Masters.
L.A. CITY NERD (2006-present)
L.A. City Nerd is an anonymous Los Angeles wonk (or wonks) with apparent insider knowledge concerning city government. They share their information via a shuttered blog, a mostly inactive Facebook page, and a very active Twitter account. L.A. City Nerd also frequently comments on LAist, was interviewed by that website, and even served as guest editor once. In an interview, they described their mission as being “about the City, its structure, and how it functions (or doesn’t).”
L.A. CREEK FREAK (2008-2019)
The folks at L.A. Creek Freak really are freaks about creeks… and other waterways and wetlands. The site was founded by landscape architect Jessica Hall and artist/author/activist Joe Linton, who provide most of the content (although artist/designer Jane Tsong and Joshua Link are also noteworthy contributors).
LA DAILY MIRROR (2005-present)
“Larry Harnisch Reflects on L.A. History,” reads the tagline of The LA Daily Mirror. Harnish is a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times and researcher of all things Elizabeth “The Black Dahlia” Short.
LAhistory is a Twitter feed designed to jog “the collective memory of Los Angeles.”
THE LA HISTORY ARCHIVE (?)
According to the website, The LA History Archive, “The Archive is a catalog of downloadable historical documents and a repository of educator resources, and is intended to serve educators, students, and the general public. The LA History Archive (Archive) is made possible through generous support provided by the Annenberg Foundation and the Candelaria Fund and is sponsored by the Studio for Southern California History, a nonprofit organization.”
LAIST (2004-2017, 2018-present)
LAist was New York City-based Gothamist’s Los Angeles wing, one of a half-dozen city blogs. From 2007-2008 they published 20 entries for their much-missed Neighborhood Project. The 14-year-old company was purchased in March 2017 and the new CEO abruptly pulled the plug in November of the same year.
In the spring of 2018, the LAist name was resurrected by local public radio station KPCC in an effort to tap into the much larger online presence that LAist enjoyed compared to KPCC’s. The focus is similar to the original site although the writing suggests that it’s now targeted to a young adult audience.
LA OBSERVED (2003-present)
LA Observed is Kevin Roderick‘s website which involves a small team of contributors. It covers a variety of subjects, but mostly media and local politics.
L.A. TACO (2005-present)
L.A. Taco’s tagline is “celebrating the taco lifestyle in Los Angeles.” This apparently entails interviewing artists (and asking them what their favorite taco is), covering the local art, music, and food scenes.
¡LATINO LA! (1999-present)
¡Latino LA! is a website “celebrating Latino voices, lives and souls.” It does so, primarily, by sharing Latino cultural events and articles written by Latinos about issues affecting and news relevant to Los Angles’s Latino population. It was launched in 1999.
LET’S GO L.A. (2013-2018)
Let’s Go L.A. was an anonymously written blog about “transportation, land use, and economics in the Southland.”
LOOK WHO’S TRAVELING (2013-present)
The host of the online series Look Who’s Traveling, is referred to only as “Boy,” who since he was five has mostly used public transit to visit amusement parks, festivals, museums, and other family-friendly attractions. More often than not he’s joined by his baby brother, referred to only as “Baby.”
LOS ANGELENO (2019-present)
“Founded by L.A. natives, Los Angeleno stories examine and celebrate our beloved and misunderstood city.” So reads the tagline of the Los Angeleno website. The founders, Lauren Arevalo-Downes and Lakin Soldate, are self-identified natives… Angelenos, in other words. I’m not clear, on the other hand, what a “Los Angeleno” is… or are.
LOS ANGELES ALMANAC (1998-present)
Los Angeles Almanac is, as far as I know, the oldest website devoted to Los Angeles and it is impressively exhaustive and comprehensive, full of maps, lists of notable Angelenos, links, statistics, &c. The man behind the website is Gary Thornton, who works on it in his spare time.
LOS ANGELES BEAT (2011-present)
The Los Angeles Beat was founded by Elise Thompson, Bob Lee, Donna Lethal, and Simone Snaith — all former contributors to LAist — along with Brian Michaels, Michael, Paula Lauren Gibson, Piera Peruvian, and Tawny Tubetop. The focus of the site is entertainment — especially (but not limited to) food and music.
LOS ANGELES, I’M YOURS (2011-2014)
Los Angeles, I’m Yours was Kyle Fitzpatrick’s site focused on Los Angeles which grew to feature the work of 26 contributors writing about art, culture, design, lifestyle and interviewing “tastemakers.” And then it stopped.
LOS ANGELES IS MY BEAT (2005-present)
Los Angeles is My Beat is Ellen Bloom‘s blog about Los Angeles and her experiences in it. The description provided by her website states “L.A. is my beat…. from Boyle Heights to the Beach…. from Manchester to Mulholland… from the first stitch… to the very last.”
LOS ANGELES LOVE AFFAIR (2011-2013)
Los Angeles Love Affair is the blog of Jamie Diane Poster, “San Fernando Valley native and Los Angeles enthusiast.”
LOS ANGELES OBSCURA SOCIETY (2009-2014?)
The Los Angeles Obscura Society was created to offer a “real world exploration arm of Atlas Obscura, seeking out secret histories, unusual access, and opportunities to explore strange and overlooked places hidden all around us.”
LOS ANGELES PAST (2006-2014)
Los Angeles Past was J. Scott Shannon’s blog focused on Los Angeles history, featuring many vintage postcards and photographs. Since 2014 Shannon has devoted more attention to another blog, Covina Past.
LOS ANGELES RESIDENT TOURIST (?-2018)
Los Angeles Resident Tourist was British immigrant Clare Auchterlonie’s guide to “day trips, hiking trails, historic sites, city, county and state parks, walking tours, train tours, bus tours, driving tours, unusual museums, missions, libraries, public art, stairways, local events, gardens, wildlife viewing, river walks, urban safaris and more.”
LOS ANGELES REVISITED (2010-present)
Los Angeles Revisited is Elisabeth L. Uyeda’s contribution to, in her words, the “interesting and worthy sites devoted to the study of Los Angeles, California, as a place.”
METRORIDER LA (2005-2008)
Metrorider LA was a Fred Camino‘s blog about Los Angeles transit, or as he described it, the “Los Angeles Transit Oriented Lifestyle™.” Sadly, the need for income, competition, and burnout led to Metrorider LA going on a seemingly permanent hiatus.
MOVING STORIES LA (2017-2018)
LOS ANGELES WALKS (2013-present)
In 1998, urban designer Deborah Murphy founded Los Angeles Walks as “a pedestrian advocacy group that makes walking safe, accessible and fun for all Angelenos.” Although their blog might be a support feature and not their focus, its focus on walking around Los Angeles makes it worth mentioning and reading.
MAP OF SMOG (2011-2014)
The author of Map of Smog is credited as “V.” He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and explain on their website which details explorations “of the built environment of the Los Angeles area” that most of their “wanderings take place in the smoggier inland parts.” In 2016, V wrote that he’d moved away from Los Angeles for graduate studies.
THE MILITANT ANGELENO (2007-present)
Militant Angeleno has been writing extensively about all manner of Los Angeles subject matter, from transit history to street sign design, from Native history to forgotten streams and so much more… whilst always referring to himself in the third person.
MODERN HIKER (2006-present)
Casey Schreiner’s Modern Hiker is an excellent site about hiking trails in Los Angeles and San Diego (but with an emphasis on Los Angeles) — a city that despite usually being characterized as a horizontal one is, thanks to its mountains, also the world’s most vertical.
OFFBEAT L.A. (2013-present)
Offbeat L.A. is writer/photographer/actress/musician Nikki Kreuzer‘s blog and web series devoted to “The weird, the wacky, the touristy & the hidden gems. Vintage signs, music journalism, music recordings, radio shows, oddball architecture, fun adventures and characters galore…”
RESIDENT TOURIST (2011)
Resident Tourist’s Suzy Beal knows that “You never really know a place until you’ve explored it on foot.” Although the blog only seems to have been active in 2011, the Facebook page was still updated regularly until 2018.
SECRET LOS ANGELES (2018-present)
Secret Los Angeles covers news, things to do, food & bars, culture, escapes, nature & wellness, and provides secret guides. It’s part of the Secret Media Network.
SOY PAPER (2017-present)
Soy Paper‘s tagline is “Get LA’s Japan-related events sent to your inbox! Festivals, anime, movies, more!” — which, I’d say, pretty much sums it up accurately. A valuable resource for Angelenos interested in some aspects of Japanese culture as well as hardcore Nipponophiles. I’m not sure who is behind the website.
Gang members, whatever their flaws, often operate as underground historians in a city where the events from the 1970s might as well have occurred in the Dark Ages. Alex A. Alonso’s Street Gangs also deals with the geography of crime, race and ethnic studies, and socioeconomics. The page’s subtitle, “where all neighborhoods get along!!,” is surely aspirational, as the comments invariably suggest otherwise.
STREETSBLOG LOS ANGELES (2006-present)
Streetsblog Los Angeles (or L.A. Streetsblog) is the local branch of the New York City-based blog network which advocates for sustainable transport, smart growth, and livable streets.
SUEBEE & KAT (2013-2017)
TOM EXPLORES LOS ANGELES (2013-present)
In Tom Carroll’s online series, Tom Explores Los Angeles, Carroll (a doppelgänger of Charles Starkweather) serves as host and tour guide, showing viewers the overlooked and unsung sites of Los Angeles and sometimes his skateboarding skills.
Urbanize LA — Steven Sharp’s reserved love letter to high-rises, urban planning, and development — grew out of Building Los Angeles, which Sharp launched in 2013. Contains loads of renderings. Since its launch, it’s expanded to Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Detroit, and New York City.
VINTAGE LOS ANGELES (2010-present)
A WALKER IN LA (2008-2016)
Alissa Walker’s A Walker in LA is a pedestrian and public transit powered blog featuring many photos of the author’s shoes.
WALKING IN L.A. (2002-present)
Explorer Neil Hopper has been documenting his walks after having his wanderlust awakened by the opening of the Metro Red Line. Walking-centric Walking in L.A. is also the oldest blog on this webograpy.
WALKING L.A. (2011-present)
Walking L.A. is Christian and Rosie Woodward Smith’s “street museum project.”
WEEKEND BABES (2012-2017)
Weekend Babes is Los Angeles-based Gabrielle Antonette’s blog about her explorations of Southern California. Occasional guest weekend babes, such as Paper & Type’s Victoria Vu, also contribute. There are sections for parks, sights, and snacks.
WEIRD HOLLYWOOD (2009-present)
Weird Hollywood is part of the Weird U.S. network of travel books and websites. It’s run by author Joe Oesterle, whose book of the same name was published in 2010.
WHAT NOW LOS ANGELES (2020-present)
What Now Los Angeles is a local digital production — part of the Atlanta-based What Now Media Group, Inc. The site, established in the summer of 2020, bills itself as “LA’s Leading News Source For Restaurant, Retail, and Real Estate Openings and Closings.”
HYPER-LOCAL NEWS SITES AND BLOGS: There are also numerous “hyper-local” news sites and geographically specific blogs. Many are defunct but still worth archiving: There’s Atwater Village Newbie, Boyle Heights History Blog, Central City East : Downtown Los Angeles, Chanfles!, Covina Past, Culver City Crossroads, Downtown NoHo Times, Fancy Notions, Franklin Avenue: Mike and Maria eat, drink, shop and live in Los Angeles, Hollywood Patch, in the Oaks … (Sherman Oaks), LA Eastside: Life Beyond the River, Larchmont Buzz, Leimert Park Beat, Life on the Edge: Daily Musings About the Oddities of San Pedro, California, Lofty Thoughts: Loft Living and other adventures on the streets of LA, Mar Vista Mom, Montecito Heights: Above the City, ResedaWeb.blog, Silver Lake Star, the Skunks of Los Feliz, Slauson Girl, Stinks Good: Notes from Edendale and Surrounds., Stuck in the Valley, Sunland-Tujunga California “The Rock,” Susie Ling, Tropico Station, Tujunga Village, 2,000 Days in the Valley, The Valley Village View, and View From a Loft to name a few. Give me more and I’ll add them.