California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Tokyo (小東京)

This blog entry is about the Los Angeles neighborhood of Little Tokyo. To vote for other neighborhoods to be the subject of a blog entry, click here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities, click here. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here. INTRODUCTION TO LITTLE TOKYO Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Little Tokyo Little Tokyo … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Tokyo (小東京)

California Fool’s Gold — Visiting Little Saigon

VISITING LITTLE SAIGON — HAPPY ASIAN-PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Southern California is home to several ethnic enclaves and since the region’s largest and fastest growing racial minority are Asian, perhaps it’s not surprising that most of the recognized neighborhoods are specific to various Asian populations. In Los Angeles County there’s Cambodia Town, Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Visiting Little Saigon

No Enclave — Exploring the Remains of Los Angeles’s Little Italy

***** Los Angeles and Orange counties are home to many official and unofficial (but widely recognized) ethnic enclaves, including Cambodia Town, Chinatown, Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little Armenia, Little Arabia, Little Bangladesh, Little Brazil, Little Ethiopia, Little India, Little Osaka, Little Russia, Little Saigon, Little Seoul, Little Tokyo, Oaxacatown, Tehrangeles, and Thai Town. Attempting to gain official recognition … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring the Remains of Los Angeles’s Little Italy

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Ethiopia (ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ)

LITTLE ETHIOPIA – ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ This blog entry is about the Midtown neighborhood of Little Ethiopia. I was accompanied on my adventure to the hood by Aussie filmmaker, Diana Ward. LOCATION OF LITTLE ETHIOPIA Little Ethiopia is a small, one block stretch in Midtown’s Carthay district. It’s situated along Fairfax between Olympic Boulevard and Whitworth Drive. It’s … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Ethiopia (ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ)

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Rowland Heights, Los Angeles’s Little Taipei

ROWLAND HEIGHTS A view of lower Rowland Heights from the hills Little Taipei is a nickname for Rowland Heights, a city in the San Gabriel Valley. Rowland Heights is a community neighbored by City of Industry to the north, Diamond Bar to the northeast, Chino Hills to the east, unincorporated Orange County to the south, La … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Rowland Heights, Los Angeles’s Little Taipei

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ), Long Beach’s Little Phnom Penh

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this entry is about the Long Beach neighborhood of Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ). Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Cambodia Town   Cambodia Town is a neighborhood in Long Beach’s East Side centered on Anaheim Street betweenAtlantic and Junipero. To the north is the neighborhood of Signal Hill. To the south … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ), Long Beach’s Little Phnom Penh

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Bangladesh (লিটল বাংলাদেশ)

This blog entry is about the Midtown Los Angeles neighborhood of Little Bangladesh. To vote for more neighborhoods to be the subject of future blog entries, click here. Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Midtown Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Little Bangladesh In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, out of my love for exploration, and … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Bangladesh (লিটল বাংলাদেশ)

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Osaka (小大阪)

This Los Angeles neighborhood blog entry is about Little Osaka. To vote for other Southern California communities to the subjects of future explorations, please leave a comment. Japanese-Americans have long been integral to the fabric of Los Angeles. J-Towns have sprung up around the Southland in Gardena, Torrance, Boyle Heights, Pasadena, San Pedro, Terminal Island, Compton, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Osaka (小大阪)

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles

Los Angeles was at one time home to the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan and contributions of Japanese-Angelenos to history and culture are many. It was in Los Angeles that Hollywood created the first Asian-American film star. It was also in Los Angeles that a legal challenge in the Supreme Court re-shaped immigration … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles

Nobody Drives in LA — So Why Are Our Train Stations So Crap?

There’ve recently been a couple of articles in the Los Angeles Times about the various state of local mass transit that have got me thinking. Mehmet Baker‘s “Metro is hemorrhaging riders. It needs to stop studying obvious fixes and start acting” appeared on Sunday, was good but many of the complaints voiced were the sort … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — So Why Are Our Train Stations So Crap?