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

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Downtown’s Calvin S. Hamilton Pedway

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. If you've been downtown there's a good chance that you've noticed the concrete overpasses above the streets, but probably never thought much about them. My curiosity was only sufficiently … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Downtown’s Calvin S. Hamilton Pedway

The Cooper Do-nuts Uprising

May 1959: Seven years before Silver Lake's Black Cat Riot and ten before New York's Stonewall riots, a group of drag queens and hustlers clashed with LAPD officers at a location of the local Cooper Do-nuts (also known as Cooper's Donut Depot, Cooper's Doughnuts or Cooper's Donuts) chain, usually considered to be the first gay uprising in modern history.   … Continue reading The Cooper Do-nuts Uprising

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Dogtown

Pendersleigh & Sons' Cartography's map of Dogtown INTRODUCTION Dogtown (or as the city would rather you refer to it -- the "North Industrial District") is both one of Los Angeles’s oldest and most obscure neighborhoods. It’s also occasionally referred to as either Naud Junction or Mission Junction, after two area junctions of the Southern Pacific Railroad, the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Dogtown

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

Urban Rambles: Walking South Central to Silver Lake

The other day I found myself visiting the northernmost corner of South Central on business. When I was done I decided not to hop on the next bus home, but rather to walk for at least a little bit. The rest of my day was wide open and it was pleasantly warm and sunny. I … Continue reading Urban Rambles: Walking South Central to Silver Lake

California Fool’s Gold — A Downtown Los Angeles Primer

BEAT CITY DOWNTOWN  As regular (and probably irregular) readers of Eric's Blog know, I'm a bit of a Southern California wonk and 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 … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Downtown Los Angeles Primer

Broadway 100 – Bringing Back Broadway’s Centennial Events

Los Angeles' Broadway Theater and Commercial District in the downtown Historic Core is the oldest historic theater district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Million Dollar Theater, Roxie Theater, Los Angeles Theater, Loew's State Theatre, Globe Theater, Tower Theater, Rialto Theater, Orpheum Theater and United Artists Theaters were mixed movie and vaudeville … Continue reading Broadway 100 – Bringing Back Broadway’s Centennial Events

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Skid Row, Hell’s Half-Acre (aka The Nickel)

This blog entry is about Skid Row. Joining me on the adventure were Aussie-Chinese film-producer Diana Ward and Colombian-Chinese-American designer/illustrator/downtown resident Wendy Chin -- both used to playing "traveling companions" to my Doctor. Skid Row is a neighborhood in Los Angeles' Central City East District. It's known to locals as "The Nickel" because it's centered on 5th. … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Skid Row, Hell’s Half-Acre (aka The Nickel)

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Chinatown (洛杉磯唐人街)

Chinatown (洛杉磯唐人街) is a Los Angeles neighborhood located in Downtown's north.   Chinatown is bordered by the neighborhoods of Victor Heights, Elysian Park and Solano Canyon to the northwest, Angeleno Heights to the west, Dogtown to the northeast, the Civic Support area to the east, and Civic Center and Temple-Beaudry on the south.   Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's 1st and … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Chinatown (洛杉磯唐人街)