Pan-Asian Metropolis — Thai Los Angeles

Los Angeles is widely recognized for its ethnic diversity. There are several communities — including those of Armenians, Guatemalans, Mexicans, and Salvadorans — which are larger in Los Angeles than in anywhere else outside of their respective homelands. The same is true of numerous Asian peoples, including Cambodians, Filipinos, Koreans, Persians, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese which … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Thai Los Angeles

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Thai Town (ไทยทาวน์)

 Both apsonsi and LADOT signs mark the entrances to Thai Town This entry is about the Los Angeles neighborhood of Thai Town.   Siam Square Thai Town is roughly bounded by Hollywood Blvd on the north, Normandie on the east, Western on the west, and Sunset (or Fountain by some accounts — although there’s nothing Thai south … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Thai Town (ไทยทาวน์)

Southland Parks — Los Angeles’s State Society Picnics

From the 1900s through the 1970s, large numbers of migrants to Los Angeles gathered in themed picnics organized around their states of origin known as State Society Picnics or just State Picnics (although that sounds confusingly to me like an outdoor state banquet). They were known as “State Society Picnics.” The phenomenon was huge. One … Continue reading Southland Parks — Los Angeles’s State Society Picnics

Homes Fit for Heroes — Motel-Style Apartments

Metro Los Angeles boasts numerous varieties of apartments and other multi-tenant housing types. Bungalow courts and garden apartments all have always enjoyed a healthy following. I’m sure I’m not the only Angeleno who loves a nice courtyard apartment or those hotel-style mid-rises topped with neon signs that are found throughout Midtown and Westlake. Even the … Continue reading Homes Fit for Heroes — Motel-Style Apartments

Nobody Drives in LA — The Los Angeles Grand Tour

The Grand Tour, for the unfamiliar, was a custom that arose in Britain in the mid-1600s, which involved upper class young British men touring around Europe as part of their cultural education. By the 1800s, the custom had spread from the British upper classes to the nouveau riche of Europe, the Americas, and the Philippines. … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — The Los Angeles Grand Tour

Nobody Drives in LA — The Great Metrolink Four Counties Ride

Last Friday was Earth Day. In honor of the day, Metro, Metrolink, (and doubtless many other local mass transit agencies) offered unlimited fare-free rides. I’ve read a couple of articles in the past in which the authors stated that they were riding every Metro line (although in both cases they meant Metro train lines, not … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — The Great Metrolink Four Counties Ride