Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles

Los Angeles was at one time home to the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan and the contributions of Japanese-Angelenos to history and culture are many. It was in Los Angeles that Hollywood created the first Asian-American film star. It was also in Los Angeles that a legal challenge in the Supreme Court re-shaped … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles

Greater Streets — Exploring Valley Boulevard

INTRODUCTION Normally when I write an account of one of my explorations, it's after I've concluded it. Sometimes I work on them for months and when I can't stand thinking about it anymore, I just publish it and figure I'll correct the typos later. However, I began exploring and writing about Valley Boulevard more than a … Continue reading Greater Streets — Exploring Valley Boulevard

No Enclave — Exploring the Remains of Los Angeles’s Little Italy

Los Angeles and Orange counties are home to many official and unofficial (but widely recognized) ethnic enclaves, including Cambodia Town, Chinatown, Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little Armenia, Little Arabia, Little Bangladesh, Little Brazil, Little Ethiopia, Little India, Little Osaka, Little Russia, Little Saigon, Little Seoul, Little Tokyo, Oaxacatown, Tehrangeles, and Thai Town. Attempting to gain official recognition are … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring the Remains of Los Angeles’s Little Italy

Nobody Drives in LA — Get Out of the Car: Walking CicLAvia No. 5

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. ***** Los Angeles, like many cities, is experiencing a new level of connectedness. The opening of new train lines, an increase in bicycling events and trails, kayak tours of … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Get Out of the Car: Walking CicLAvia No. 5

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 — Exploring Boyle Heights

This neighborhood blog is about Boyle Heights. To vote for other neighborhoods to be explored on California Fool's Gold, please let me know which in the comment section. Boyle Height in 1877 The area now known as Boyle Heights was historically inhabited by the Tongva, who arrived there from the Sonoran Desert to the east … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Boyle Heights