The Nobody Drives in LA Guide to CicLAvia South LA

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. ***** "CicLAvia comes to South Los Angeles for first time" read the headline of the Daily Trojan -- which is true if you believe the hype that USC isn't itself … Continue reading The Nobody Drives in LA Guide to CicLAvia South LA

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California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Watts

MORE THAN JUST RIOTS AND TOWERS -- WATTS It seems to me that reputation of Los Angeles's Watts neighborhood is based almost entirely on two things – the Watts Rebellion and the Watts Towers. Results of a Google search for “watts” can be divided into three categories: photos of the towers, black and white images … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Watts

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring South Central

IS BUSTIN' A CAP REALLY FUNDAMENTAL -- SOUTH CENTRAL Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of South Central South Central means different things to different people. To some, it refers to a vast, amorphous collection of neighborhoods and cities between the Santa Monica Bay and the San Gabriel River, north of the San Pedro Bay and south of the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring South Central

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Metro Green Line: From Nowhere to Nowhere and All Points in Between

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. ***** On 26 July 2013 the Metro Gold Line celebrated its tenth birthday, an occasion that did not go unreported by much of the local media, who in some … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Metro Green Line: From Nowhere to Nowhere and All Points in Between

The 17th Central Avenue Jazz Festival

THE CENTRAL AVENUE JAZZ FESTIVAL   Every year for the past 17 years, during the last weekend in July, LA residents and visitors are treated to the preeminent jazz event on the West Coast with The Central Avenue Jazz Festival. It’s free and open to the public – last year, 35,000 attended. The focus, of course, … Continue reading The 17th Central Avenue Jazz Festival

No Enclave — An Overview of Black Los Angeles

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 — An Overview of Black Los Angeles

California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Eastside Primer

STRAIGHT BILLIN' THROUGH THE EASTSIDE In Los Angeles, usage of the term "Eastside" varies depending on the speaker. To most Angelenos -- especially Latinos -- "The Eastside" refers to a group of neighborhoods immediately east of the Los Angeles River: Boyle Heights, Brooklyn Heights, City Terrace, East Los Angeles, El Sereno, Happy Valley, Hillside Village, Lincoln … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Eastside Primer