Southland Parks — Visiting MacArthur Park

Neighborhoods often take their names from significant features within them, which in Los Angeles are often major street intersections and parks. Neighborhoods named after intersections include Vermont-Slauson, Broadway-Manchester, Central-Alameda, and Adams-Normandie. Neighborhoods named after parks include South Park, Alondra Park, Cypress Park, and, of course, MacArthur Park. MacArthur Park, however, was for half a century … Continue reading Southland Parks — Visiting MacArthur Park

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There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting the Silver Lake Reservoir

The other night (24 June), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and outgoing (in both senses of the word) city council member Tom LaBonge arranged to have the gates of the Silver Lake Reservoir unlocked for a few hours and thus the South Dam was briefly opened to the public. Despite the … Continue reading There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting the Silver Lake Reservoir

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s Map to 1650 Gallery

If you don't like, have, or know how to use GPS -- or you just prefer colorful, hand-scrawled maps -- here's a big scan of a map that I did for my upcoming art show at 1650 Gallery in Echo Park. X marks the spot! Feel free to download and print your own (just don't try … Continue reading Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s Map to 1650 Gallery

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Victor Heights

oc FOREWORD Most of the communities that I explore and feature in California Fool’s Gold were chosen by popular vote but I explored Victor Heights for different reasons. Firstly, as one of the more obscure corners of the Mideast Side, it’s long held for me a certain appeal. Secondly, Big Red’s check engine light went on … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Victor Heights

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Franklin Hills

FOREWORD Usually, I determine what communities to explore for California Fool’s Gold based upon results of a poll. However, I explored the small neighborhood of Franklin Hills in August of 2014 not based upon the vox populi but in preparation for an art show of my maps which I called, Taste of the Mideast Side. … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Franklin Hills

California Fool’s Gold’s Guide to Los Angeles’s Revival Cinemas

No city on Earth is more closely associated with motion pictures than Los Angeles. 10% of all movie theaters in the entire country are located in California and Los Angeles County is home to over 100 of them. Although most of Los Angeles's theaters, like those throughout the country, showcase only the latest Hollywood product, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold’s Guide to Los Angeles’s Revival Cinemas

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