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

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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

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

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring El Sereno, Last of the Independent

INTRODUCTION Normally for my Los Angeles and Orange County neighborhood blogs, I spend a day (two in the case of Highland Park) exploring and seeing as much as I can and then write about it. For El Sereno, however, I had two whole weeks to explore. I was house-sitting for a couple, staying in their 1959 … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring El Sereno, Last of the Independent

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Lincoln Heights, The Pueblo’s Bedroom

LINCOLN HEIGHTS Lincoln Heights one of the main neighborhoods of Los Angeles's Eastside. Across the Los Angeles River, it's neighbored by Downtown's Chinatown, North Industrial District (Dog Town), Civic Support, and the Mideast Side's Elysian Park and Elysian Valley to the west and northwest, respectively. It's neighbored the NELA's Cypress Park and Montecito Heights to the north; and fellow Eastside neighborhoods Boyle Heights, El Sereno, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Lincoln Heights, The Pueblo’s Bedroom

California Fool’s Gold — An Eastside Primer

ACROSS THE RIVER -- THE EASTSIDE People are weird about Los Angeles' Eastside/Westside thing. The same wannabes from Midtown, Hollywood, Silver Lake and Echo Park that throw up "W" hand signs and exaggeratedly say, "West-side" when they're ironically enjoying rap music are the same jerks that claim, despite the fact that they live in Central Los Angeles, that they … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — An Eastside Primer