There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting Peanut Lake

A few days ago I was wrapping up a semi-regular housesitting gig in El Sereno. Regular readers will know that that particular gig also involves taking care of a dog named Dooley, who during my stays accompanies me on explorations around the Eastside, Northeast Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Valley. On the last day … Continue reading There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting Peanut Lake

Los Angeles Linguistics Part 2: Regional Differences

Most metropolitan areas -- at least the ones I'm familiar with -- are divided both into neighborhoods and larger, multi-neighborhood administrative divisions or regions. Paris has its arrondissements, New York City its boroughs, Busan and Seoul have gu (구), Taipei has qū (區), St. Louis and New Orleans both have wards, Mexico City has municipios, and on. Their names vary, then, but the concept is generally the … Continue reading Los Angeles Linguistics Part 2: Regional Differences

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Montecito Heights, the Wilderness of the City

SEASON 10, EPISODE 1: "MONTECITO HEIGHTS" Yesterday, compelled by voters like you, I explored the Los Angeles neighborhood of Montecito Heights in Northeast Los Angeles. It was unseasonably hot -- especially considering Angelenos had been told to brace for a "Godzilla El Niño." Instead, we have a record-breaking heatwave and Santa Ana winds carrying a brown … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Montecito Heights, the Wilderness of the City

Southland Parks — Visiting Ascot Hills Park

Parks comprise more than 14% of Los Angeles’s landscape and the city is home to hundreds of these cherished public spaces. From the largest park within any American city (Topanga State Park) to the smallest pocket parks and parklets, I hope to showcase them one park at a time, in the series Southland Parks. ***** Ascot Hills … Continue reading Southland Parks — Visiting Ascot Hills Park

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Rose Hill

WITH SHANTY PADS SQUATTING ON MUD HILLS Back in 2012 I had an opportunity to house-and-pet-sit for friends in El Sereno. Pulled along by the homeowners' dog, Dooley, I explored much of that neighborhood – the easternmost in the city – on a series of long, daily strolls. In the fall of 2013 I returned … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Rose Hill

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring University Hills

AS I LOOK BACK ON MY EDUCATION -- UNIVERSITY HILLS In the fall of 2012 I had a stint house-sitting in El Sereno and I spent much of that time exploring said neighborhood with a dog named Dooley. This past fall I again returned to the Eastside and Dooley I again resumed our epic walks. … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring University Hills

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring City Terrace

BEEN UP TO CITY TERRACE TO SEE WHAT'S A-HAPPENING  Last year I had a stint house-sitting in El Sereno and spent the better part of my stay exploring with a dog named Dooley that I was also charged with the care of. She and I mostly explored the greater El Sereno area, including Hillside Village and University Hills. This time … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring City Terrace

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Happy Valley

There are at least four places in California named Happy Valley. This blog entry is about the small neighborhood on Los Angeles’s Eastside.  The first time I became aware of a place in Los Angeles called Happy Valley was after glancing at an online map. I ascertained that it was apparently located somewhere in the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Happy Valley

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 — Silver Line Stroll from Union Station to El Monte

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 Metro Silver Line opened on 13 December 2009, more than four years after the Orange Line, Metro's only other Metro Transitway (or Metro Liner). Despite its silvery paint … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Silver Line Stroll from Union Station to El Monte