Los Angeles Linguistics Part 2: Regional Differences

Most metropolitan areas — at least the ones I’m familiar with — are divided both into neighborhoods and larger, multi-neighborhood administrative divisions or regions. Paris has its arrondissements, New York City its boroughs, Busan and Seoul have gu (구), Taipei has qū (區), St. Louis and New Orleans both have wards, Mexico City has municipios, and on. Their names vary, then, but the concept is generally the … Continue reading Los Angeles Linguistics Part 2: Regional Differences

Nobody Drives in LA — Opening Day of the Gold Line Foothill Extension

Back in February 2013, my brother and I walked along the route of Metro‘s then-planned Gold Line Foothill Extension. Even though Foothill Extension is 18 kilometers long, thanks to detours and construction, our walk from Pasadena to Azusa ended up being stretched to 27 kilometers. The newly-opened train lane reduces that distance and travel time considerably. Now one can theoretically … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Opening Day of the Gold Line Foothill Extension

California Fool’s Gold

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

Mini-Mallism — Visiting 2829 Hyperion Avenue

Strip malls (also called mini-malls, pod malls, power centers, retail parks, shopping centers, and shopping plazas) and malls in general are symbols of suburbia that although overabundant are rarely paid much attention. I find them interesting, however, mainly because I’m amused by their often pretentious names and ornamentation which I guess is designed to elevate … Continue reading Mini-Mallism — Visiting 2829 Hyperion Avenue

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

California Fool’s Gold — A San Fernando Valley Primer

WHERE THE WEST BEGINS AND THE SUNSET ENDS — THE VALLEY  There are numerous valleys in Los Angeles County: the Antelope, Crescenta, Hungry, Peace, Pomona, Puente, San Gabriel, Santa Clara River, and Santa Clarita, to name a few of the better known ones. However, when one hears mention of The Valley it is almost universally recognized as a … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Fernando Valley Primer

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

Digging the scene at “This Ain’t a Scene” with a gangsta lean

This past Saturday, I went to the 1650 Gallery in Echo Park to check out the opening of This Ain’t a Scene: The Vibrant Music Community of East LA which was co-presented by Radio Free Silver Lake and compiled by Jackie Lam. Radio Free Silver Lake is a website focused on Indie music in Los … Continue reading Digging the scene at “This Ain’t a Scene” with a gangsta lean

California Fool’s Gold — A Hollywood Primer

HOLLYWOOD SWINGING Hollywood is famous around the world as the one-time center of the American film industry. Although Hollywood isn’t the original home of the west coast film industry (nearby Edendale in Echo Park and Sycamore Grove in Highland Park both have stronger claims to that distinction), Hollywood has for almost a century continued to serve … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Hollywood Primer