Urban Rambles — Exploring Inglewood with Marya

For my tenth year of exploring Los Angeles with the series, California Fool’s Gold, I’ve been reaching out to fellow explorers to see where they’d like to explore for another of my series, Urban Rambles. So far all of my rambling companions have had names that start with "M" -- Marvin, Maya, Mike, and Machiko. … Continue reading Urban Rambles — Exploring Inglewood with Marya

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Nobody Drives in LA — Opening of the Expo Line to Santa Monica

Today the first train left from downtown Los Angeles to downtown Santa Monica left 7th Street Metro Center. It was the first passenger train to run between the two downtowns since October 1953 (although freight trains ran until 1988). The first train departs for downtown Santa Monica, and thus the Westside was dragged kicking and screaming … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Opening of the Expo Line to Santa Monica

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

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Chesterfield Square

BLOW SOME MY WAY -- CHESTERFIELD SQUARE Chesterfield Square is without a doubt, one of Los Angeles’s most obscure neighborhoods. The obscurity is somewhat surprising given the neighborhood’s longstanding and dubious distinction of having the city’s and county’s highest violent crime rate. As a matter of fact, most of Los Angeles’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods are … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Chesterfield Square

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

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

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Expo Line and its Surroundings: Phase 1 (Minus 2)

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. ***** The first train to the Westside followed nearly the same path as the Expo Line of today. The steam-powered Los Angeles and Independence Railroad (LA&I) connected downtown Los … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Expo Line and its Surroundings: Phase 1 (Minus 2)

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 — Exploring Gardena

This here entry’s about Gardena. To vote for other Los Angeles County communities to be the subject of future entries, click here. To vote for Los Angeles neighborhoods, click here. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here. Gardena (in Japanese, ガーデナ; in Korean, 가데나 ) is located in the South Bay or South LA region, depending on … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Gardena

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Canterbury Knolls

Canterbury Knolls is a South LA neighborhood bordered by Manchester Square, Morningside Circle and Vermont Knolls to the south, Hyde Park to the west, Chesterfield Square to the north, Vermont Square to the northeast, and Vermont-Slauson to the east. For the estimated two dozen or so semi-regular readers of this blog, the way this works is … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Canterbury Knolls