A Los Angeles Primer

A Los Angeles Primer: LAX

Vast, confusing, punctuated by curiosities neither beautiful nor ugly, and demanding of both endurance and optimism, Los Angeles' airport provides a tempting symbol for the city itself. But why only now has it felt the need to become "world class"?

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Colin Marshall hosts and produces the podcast Notebook on Cities and Culture. These columns present essays adapted from his book-in-progress, "A Los Angeles Primer: Mastering the Stateless City."
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A Los Angeles Primer: Skid Row

A Los Angeles Primer: Skid Row

This zone of missions, clinics, residential hotels, and sparse convenience stores hosts not just a large and unfortunate outdoor population but their many tents, shopping carts, an ...
A Los Angeles Primer: The Bonaventure Hotel and Macy's Plaza

A Los Angeles Primer: The Bonaventure Hotel and Macy's Plaza

In the 70s, American downtowns turned away from the streets and toward the enclosed, the climate-controlled, and the monitored. Here, the movement produced Macy's Plaza and the Bon ...
A Los Angeles Primer: Melrose Avenue

A Los Angeles Primer: Melrose Avenue

At six miles, Melrose Avenue, the world-renowned destination and longtime bastion of "alternative" shopping culture, seems almost manageable by comparison to other major Los Angele ...
A Los Angeles Primer: Union Station

A Los Angeles Primer: Union Station

All who pass through Union Station, Los Angeles' 1939 memorial to the heyday of passenger rail, must dream of a distant, glamorous, lost era of American train travel. Having passed ...
A Los Angeles Primer: Lincoln Boulevard

A Los Angeles Primer: Lincoln Boulevard

Lincoln Boulevard, "everybody's ugliest street" that runs up the west of Los Angeles from LAX to Santa Monica, draws eyes for its "vitiated architectural typology" and "uncontrolle ...
A Los Angeles Primer: Highland Park

A Los Angeles Primer: Highland Park

However you know when a Los Angeles neighborhood has turned "cool," has Highland Park crossed into that territory with its mix of vinyl retail with typewriter repair, and gluten-fr ...
A Los Angeles Primer: Hollywood

A Los Angeles Primer: Hollywood

You can't go to a Japanese department store on the Miracle Mile anymore, but you can do it in Hollywood, which, together with downtown proper, increasingly seems to constitute the ...
A Los Angeles Primer: Atwater Village

A Los Angeles Primer: Atwater Village

Whether you take your brew with a multi-hour writing session or take it out the door in one hand with your toddler in the other, Atwater Village has a coffee shop for you. As this ...
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