California Fool’s Gold Episode Guide… and links to related series

I thought that it might be useful to publish an “episode guide” of my California Fool’s Gold series of explorations. When I explore a new community, I usually rely upon the vox populi which is why anyone may vote for what communities they’d like to become the subject of future articles by clicking here for Los Angeles … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold Episode Guide… and links to related series

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

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring a Section of the Old Glendale and Edendale Red Car Lines

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sense and sensibility in transportation. ***** When I first visited Los Angeles, exploring neighborhoods quickly became one of my favorite pastimes. Then unencumbered with an occupation, I spent many of my days in various … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring a Section of the Old Glendale and Edendale Red Car Lines

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography art opening at 1650 Gallery

In a recent poll of Americans conducted by Public Policy Polling, only 33% of respondents said that they view Los Angeles favorably whereas 40% view it negatively. 27% stated that they’re not sure. Of America’s largest five cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia), LA is the only one with a higher negative … Continue reading Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography art opening at 1650 Gallery

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

California Fool’s Gold — A Mideast Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles Primer

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 — Exploring Silver Lake, Los Angeles’s Gayborhood

  Silver Lake is a largely gay and hilly neighborhood (one of its nicknames is “The Swish Alps”) in the city’s Mideast Los Angeles (MELA) region.   INTRODUCTION TO SL Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Maps of the Mideast Side and Silver Lake*   First things first… Silver Lake is two words! Don’t believe me? Count … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Silver Lake, Los Angeles’s Gayborhood

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Echo Park

This blog entry is about the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park.  INTRO TO EP Echo Park is a Mideast Side neighborhood located north of Downtown Los Angeles in the Elysian hills west of the LA River. Echo Park has long associations with several arts, most notably literature and film. It’s one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and is … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Echo Park