No Enclave — Exploring Afghan Los Angeles

Afghanistan is a country in Asia which most Americans probably spent little time thinking about before the 11 September attacks in 2001. Even after the subsequent US invasion and thirteen year occupation of Afghanistan, I don’t recall ever seeing a single Afghan face in any media and I’d bet that most Americans wrongly think that Afghanistan is … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring Afghan Los Angeles

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Los Angeles’s Asian Supermarkets

Supermarkets are wonderful places. My old landlord, a friendless and frankly unlikeable person, told me that Gelson’s was her favorite place to spend Thanksgiving (alone). Joe Strummer wrote of getting lost in one, an experience apparently so traumatic that he required Mick Jones to sing his lyrics. The group Supermarket recorded just one song, called “Supermarket,” the lyrics of which consisted … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Los Angeles’s Asian Supermarkets

Women’s History Month: 25 Women in Los Angeles History

March is Women’s History Month, an observation which traces its beginnings to the first International Women’s Day, declared in 1911. As of 2014, Los Angeles County was home to an estimated 5,129,169 women, making it home to more women than any other county in the US. As of 2010, the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim urban area … Continue reading Women’s History Month: 25 Women in Los Angeles History

California Fool’s Gold Guide to Ice Skating in Los Angeles

Outside of the high mountains and high desert, we don’t typically get a lot of ice and snow in the Chaparral-dominated landscape of Southern California. For some this is all the necessary proof that there are no seasons in California — and most certainly no winter. In reality, all climates have their own sorts of seasons … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold Guide to Ice Skating in Los Angeles

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring The Byzantine-Latino Quarter, Los Angeles’s Old Greektown

WE ARE EACH OF US ANGELS WITH ONE WING  Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography‘s map of The Byzantine-Latino Quarter Los Angeles‘s Byzantine-Latino Quarter is neighborhood and commercial corridor that straddles the larger neighborhoods of Harvard Heights and Pico-Union as well as the larger Midtown districts of Wilshire Center to the north and Mid-City to the south. … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring The Byzantine-Latino Quarter, Los Angeles’s Old Greektown

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

California Fool’s Gold — A Northwest Los Angeles County Primer

NORTHWEST PASSAGE — NORTHWEST COUNTY Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Northwest Los Angeles County Mountainous Northwest Los Angeles County is dominated by the Angeles National Forest and boasts numerous reservoirs, wilderness, and winding, scenic roads. In the northern portion there’s a series of small towns located around a series of sag ponds. The southern, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Northwest Los Angeles County 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 Compton, Los Angeles County’s Hub City

The following blog entry contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences   This edition of Eric’s Blog is all about the CPT.  Where? Compton. That’s right. INTRO Compton is an infamous city that is practically synonymous around the world with the South Los Angeles region in which it’s located. Due in large part … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Compton, Los Angeles County’s Hub City