California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Pioneertown

INTRODUCTION This entry into the California Fool’s Gold series is about Pioneertown. Pioneertown has actually received zero votes or requests from readers, and that’s usually how I determine which communities to cover. However, a friend’s band was playing there, so I decided I would use the occasion to explore this small town that I’ve long … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Pioneertown

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Larchmont Village

INTRODUCTION This edition of California Fool’s Gold is about Larchmont Village. It was nominated by readers who let me know which communities they’d like me to explore in the comment section. Larchmont Village is not, despite what many sources claim, the same as the neighborhood called Larchmont, which is located next to it, and was … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Larchmont Village

California Fool’s Gold — The Los Angeles Community Directory

As most of my readers know, I’ve been trying for years to wrap my head around Los Angeles by exploring and mapping the metropolis. My first maps were hand-drawn on paper, starting with a map of Elysian Park‘s trails that I drew around 2001. I also have made quite a few Google Maps. The Google … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — The Los Angeles Community Directory

California Fool’s Gold — Southern California’s Lighthouses

When you read (or hear) the words, “California Coast,” what images come to mind? If you’re a Southern Californian, you may imagine beach bums and bunnies, woodies and wave-riding surfers. If you’re in Northern California, your thoughts may well turn to rocky shores and groves of towering redwoods. If you live in Central California, I … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Southern California’s Lighthouses

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring the Historic Core

INTRODUCTION I recently explored Downtown‘s Historic Core neighborhood. The exploration was undertaken in two parts. I first began exploring the district a few days before Christmas. Thus the days were short and the sun set when I was only halfway done. The distractions of the holidays caused me to forget about finishing the task for … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring the Historic Core

California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego Neighborhoods Primer

INTRODUCTION 2019 is the sestercentennial of San Diego‘s founding. It’s also the vigintennial of my moving to Southern California — and yet, in those twenty years, I’ve probably visited San Diego no more than a dozen times. Why haven’t I visited California‘s second largest city more often? Certainly not out of any of the sort … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego Neighborhoods Primer