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 — A South Orange County Primer

INTRODUCTION Most of us know the stereotypes and are familiar with the frequent characterizations of Orange County. It’s supposedly culture-less and even somehow history-less. Anyone who’s spent any time in Los Angeles has no doubt heard the same hollow, bafflingly ignorant observations made of about that richly cultured city yet sadly, many Angelenos (who ought … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Orange County Primer

Los Angeles’s Secret, Foreign Language Movie Theater Scene

Los Angeles is a film town — maybe the film town. Like the Hollywood district contained within it, the name “Los Angeles” a metonym for the American film industry in the minds of many. “La La Land,” “The Entertainment Capital of the World” and all that. I love movies; however, in my mind, the Hollywood film thing actually … Continue reading Los Angeles’s Secret, Foreign Language Movie Theater Scene

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 Los Angeles’s Mideast Side.   INTRODUCTION TO SL First things first… Silver Lake is two words! Don’t believe me? Count ’em! There are fifteen Silver Lakes in the US, thirteen of which are two words (one of the offenders … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Silver Lake, Los Angeles’s Gayborhood

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Wilshire Vista

INTRODUCTION I finally visited and explored Wilshire Vista. I say “finally” because, at the time of writing, it’s the most voted-for neighborhood ever and has been for a little while now. OK, it’s only received nineteen votes — but even with about 800 total votes cast, there are so many Southern California communities that nineteen … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Wilshire Vista

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Glassell Park

BREADBASKETS AND HEAD GASKETS — GLASSELL PARK This entry of California Fool’s Gold is about the Los Angeles neighborhood of Glassell Park, a working class neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles. Glassell Park’s neighbors are the neighborhoods of Eagle Rock to the east, Mount Washington to the southeast, Cypress Park to the south, Elysian Valley to the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Glassell Park

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Chesterfield Square

BLOW SOME MY WAY — CHESTERFIELD SQUARE Chesterfield Square is without a doubt, one of Los Angeles’s most obscure neighborhoods. The obscurity is somewhat surprising given the neighborhood’s longstanding and dubious distinction of having the city’s and county’s highest violent crime rate. As a matter of fact, most of Los Angeles’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods are … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Chesterfield Square

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Angeleno Heights

ANGELENO HEIGHTS   Angeleno Heights is a neighborhood in Mideast Los Angeles (or “MELA“). After Bunker Hill (which is no longer suburban), Angeleno Heights is one of the city’s oldest suburbs. After the Victorian homes of Bunker Hill were razed in the 1950s, Angeleno Heights became the largest concentration of Victorian homes, or “painted ladies” in … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Angeleno Heights