"With so little greenery and so much grey, I was prone to daydreaming, to wanting for something better. It was called America."
The warm smell of jasmine flowers in the evening attracted her to Los Angeles, where she found community within a writers group she founded.
"My family tried living near Griffith Park, just north of Los Feliz, but we didn't like it. It was haunted, among other things."
Crossing continents, oceans and national borders isn't the only journey taken by the Los Angeles migrants and immigrants; many of our participants tell of the journey their hearts
For the life-long educator, "the City of Angels definitely embraced me, nurtured me, taught me and I am proud that they made an angel out of me!"
A third generation Angeleno describes his family's tight connection to Los Angeles, from working on the railroads as a Spanish interpreter to a marriage proposal at the Point Fermi
In England, it was a given that you are miserable, that's just how it is. In L.A., the goal was to be happy and cheerful and nice to people.
Both sides of her family came from the same town in Italy -- but arrived in America under very different circumstances.