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"?

About the Author

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."
RSS icon

Recent Stories
A Los Angeles Primer: West Hollywood

A Los Angeles Primer: West Hollywood

The tiny municipality seems to punch above its weight in most of the important modern rankings: food, no doubt; culture, in certain senses, yes; street life, seemingly so; homosexu ...
A Los Angeles Primer: Koreatown

A Los Angeles Primer: Koreatown

One can technically live an entire life in only Korean or Spanish - or indeed, only English - within these almost three square miles, but it would by no means count as a full one.
A Los Angeles Primer: An Introduction

A Los Angeles Primer: An Introduction

The always multiplying, subdividing, subjective experiences and perceptions of Los Angeles make for an infinitely more interesting city to write about than any single, objective pl ...
1 2 ... 3 4 5 6 7 Next >
All Articles Mapped