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 Palms

Palms is a neighborhood that founded as an agricultural and vacation community in 1886. Today it’s mostly comprised of apartment buildings, crisscrossed with commercial corridors, and the most densely populated community on the Westside. It’s also home to many of my favorite Westside establishments so the reality that I found exploring the actual neighborhood somewhat unpleasant … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Palms

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

Ukrainian Block Party — Huun-Huur Tu and DakhaBrakha at Royce Hall

The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog We're spoiled for entertainment choices here in Los Angeles; sometimes I feel almost paralyzed by cultural options and end up in an almost catatonic state listening to old episodes of Dragnet. That almost happened the other day, when I was torn between whether to go to KDAY’s … Continue reading Ukrainian Block Party — Huun-Huur Tu and DakhaBrakha at Royce Hall

A Look Back at the Depeche Mode Riots

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion, depending on your point of view). In that riot, 3,438 Anglenos were arrested, 1,032 were injured, and 34 died. This year (but not today) is also the 25th anniversary of another, less serious uprising, the Depeche Mode Riots, in which five to seven … Continue reading A Look Back at the Depeche Mode Riots

California Fool’s Gold’s Guide to Los Angeles’s Revival Cinemas

No city on Earth is more closely associated with motion pictures than Los Angeles. 10% of all movie theaters in the entire country are located in California and Los Angeles County is home to over 100 of them. Although most of Los Angeles's theaters, like those throughout the country, showcase only the latest Hollywood product, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold’s Guide to Los Angeles’s Revival Cinemas

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

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 city of West Hollywood recently launched a new nighttime shuttle service: the WeHo PickUp Line. Although the branding makes it clear that it's meant to be thought of … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Culver City, The Heart of Screenland

ALL ROADS LEAD TO CULVER CITY Imagine for a moment that you are a contestant on the game show Jeopardy and you were presented with the answer, "This community's slogans have included 'The Motion Picture Capital of the World,' 'The Heart of Screenland,' and 'Where Hollywood Movies are Made?'" If you're like me you'd probably ask, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Culver City, The Heart of Screenland

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Planned Course of the Metro Purple Line Extension

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 prospect of more rail transit excites me greatly, and so far I've explored the future courses of the Expo, Gold, and Crenshaw lines. While I've long looked forward … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Planned Course of the Metro Purple Line Extension

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Course of the Metro Expo Line: Phase 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. ***** Phase 1 of the Los Angeles Metro's Expo Line was completed in June 2012 after first opening most of the line in April. I rode it a couple … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Course of the Metro Expo Line: Phase 2