Taste of the Mideast Side — at the Los Angeles County Store

If there are regular readers of my column here on the Amoeblog, they’ve probably seen some of the hand-drawn and hand-painted maps which I include in my series of Southland explorations I call California Fool’s Gold. Right now a series of new maps are on display at the Los Angeles County Store in East Hollywood. None, … Continue reading Taste of the Mideast Side — at the Los Angeles County Store

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Los Feliz, the Mideast Side’s Pill Hill

Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Los Feliz Los Feliz is a neighborhood in Los Angeles’ Mideast Side and Hollywood area, neighbored by Beachwood Canyon, Griffith Park, Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Franklin Hills, Sunset Junction, Little Armenia, Thai Town and Franklin Village. To vote for other Los Angeles neighborhoods to be covered on the blog, vote … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Los Feliz, the Mideast Side’s Pill Hill

California Fool’s Gold — A Mideast Side Primer

As regular (and probably irregular) readers of Eric’s Blog know, a big part of my focus is writing about the culture, character and history of the many diverse communities of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Although so far there have been around 800 votes from readers, I thought it would be fun (and hopefully entertaining) to … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Mideast Side Primer

Top 100 Los Angeles Attractions (not in Central Los Angeles or the Westside)

If you’re familiar at all with local Los Angeles clickbait generators and news aggregators you may’ve noticed that whether they’re promoting the hottest restaurants for “celeb” sightings, the hottest restaurants for “celeb” chefs, game changing brunch spots, or juiceries one has to visit before (never after) one dies, they all have one thing in common … Continue reading Top 100 Los Angeles Attractions (not in Central Los Angeles or the Westside)

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Westlake, garden spot of the Old Westside

INTRODUCTION TO WESTLAKE Los Angeles‘s Westlake neighborhood is home to more people than the entire populations of well-known California cities like Berkeley, Inglewood, Burbank, Compton, Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara. In fact, the neighborhood and Pico-Union are together home to the largest population of Central Americans in the entire US. After Koreatown, Westlake is the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Westlake, garden spot of the Old Westside

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Hillside Village

RUN TO THE HILLSIDE — HILLSIDE VILLAGE Last fall I had a stint house-sitting in El Sereno. I spent much of my time exploring that neighborhood with a dog named Dooley who belongs to the owners of the home I was… sitting. This fall I again returned to the Eastside and Dooley I resumed our epic walks. This … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Hillside Village

California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Westside Primer

LETS SHOW THESE FOOLS HOW WE DO THIS ON THAT WESTSIDE Just as Los Angeles has two Eastsides (one being the largely Latino enclave east of the LA River and the other being South Los Angeles east of the 110 and/or Main St) it also has two Westsides. One Westside is a collection of LA’s westernmost … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Westside Primer

California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Eastside Primer

STRAIGHT BILLIN’ THROUGH THE EASTSIDE In Los Angeles, usage of the term “Eastside” varies depending on the speaker. To most Angelenos — especially Latinos — “The Eastside“ refers to a group of neighborhoods immediately east of the Los Angeles River: Boyle Heights, Brooklyn Heights, City Terrace, East Los Angeles, El Sereno, Happy Valley, Hillside Village, Lincoln … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Eastside Primer

California Fool’s Gold — An Eastside Primer

ACROSS THE RIVER — THE EASTSIDE People are weird about Los Angeles‘ Eastside/Westside thing. The same wannabes from Midtown, Hollywood, Silver Lake and Echo Park that throw up “W” hand signs and exaggeratedly say, “West-side” when they’re ironically enjoying rap music are the same jerks that claim, despite the fact that they live in Central Los Angeles, that they … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — An Eastside Primer