Urban Rambles — The Passeggiata in Los Angeles and the Silver Lake Reservoir Stroll

I'm not sure when I first heard about the passeggiata -- a sort of ritualized stroll which takes place along the coasts and in the town squares of many Italian villages. I'm a fan of walking customs around the world, such as competitive pedestrianism, forest bathing, rambles, and walkabouts -- so, of course, the passeggiata is right … Continue reading Urban Rambles — The Passeggiata in Los Angeles and the Silver Lake Reservoir Stroll

Los Angeles Linguistics Part 1 — A Tale of Two Neighborhoods

There is a casualness and imprecision practically intrinsic to Los Angeles. It's only in this city that I've encountered people who aren't sure what neighborhood they live in. What's more, they seem undisturbed, it's all "Los Angeles," after all, an abstract city where many residents are seemingly less concerned with where they actually live than where they park their cars. Business … Continue reading Los Angeles Linguistics Part 1 — A Tale of Two Neighborhoods

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

Urban Rambles — Exploring the area along Hoover and Virgil with Marvin

Los Angeles is often characterized as a city in which one simply cannot exist without a car. And yet, as the millions of Angelenos who bicycle, take public transit, or walk will tell you, driving a car is no way to get to know the city. Since Los Angeles County is even larger than the … Continue reading Urban Rambles — Exploring the area along Hoover and Virgil with Marvin

No Enclave — Kitsch and Kultur: Exploring SoCal Bavaria

Diversity has long been part of the fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California. Humans first arrived here at least 13,000 years ago and more than twenty Native American nations made their home here before the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish pueblo of Los Angeles was itself founded by people of Native, African, European, and mixed ancestries and … Continue reading No Enclave — Kitsch and Kultur: Exploring SoCal Bavaria

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring a Section of the Old Glendale and Edendale Red Car Lines

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. ***** When I first visited Los Angeles, exploring neighborhoods quickly became one of my favorite pastimes. Then unencumbered with an occupation, I spent many of my days in various … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring a Section of the Old Glendale and Edendale Red Car Lines

Beyond Sustainability — a fund raiser for Creative Migration

Creative Migration is having a fundraising event called Beyond Sustainability. It's taking place on 6 April, 2013 at Yeh Studio (1064 Myra Ave on the edge of Silver Lake and East Hollywood. Right behind Los Angeles's premier, leather gay bar, Eagle LA) from 6:30 - 10:30. Do not go to Yeh Studio's other location or … Continue reading Beyond Sustainability — a fund raiser for Creative Migration

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 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 Silver Lake, Los Angeles’s Gayborhood

Silver Lake is a largely gay and hilly neighborhood (one of its nicknames is "The Swish Alps") in the city's Mideast Los Angeles (MELA) region. INTRODUCTION TO SILVER LAKE Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of Silver Lake (second edition), available on art prints and a variety of merchandise First things first… Silver Lake is two … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Silver Lake, Los Angeles’s Gayborhood