New Visions and Fresh Starts in Watts and South Los Angeles

In recent weeks there have been numerous articles on the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb by the United States Military in Hiroshima. There have been an equal number of, if not more, articles about the 50th...

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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A Question of Historic Preservation in Valley Village

A Question of Historic Preservation in Valley Village

This week L.A. Letters shares the story of the fight for historic preservation in Valley Village, including the former home of Marilyn Monroe.
On Location: North Long Beach

On Location: North Long Beach

This week L.A. Letters focuses on an underappreciated but equally fascinating section of the city: North Long Beach.
The Special Olympics World Games and Host Town Program

The Special Olympics World Games and Host Town Program

This week L.A. Letters celebrates the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, spotlights the event's history through the lens of a local family, and previews the Host Towns program whic ...
How to Explore L.A. the 'Low Carbon Way'

How to Explore L.A. the 'Low Carbon Way'

This week L.A. Letters spotlights a new book and its two authors who take great pride in showing readers how to deeply explore the city -- without ever stepping into a car.
Everyday Heroes of Florence-Firestone

Everyday Heroes of Florence-Firestone

This week L.A. Letters spotlights the history of Florence-Firestone and a cadre of its local residents and stakeholders who are working tirelessly to improve the community that the ...
Downey in the Past, Present, and Future

Downey in the Past, Present, and Future

The changes that occurred in Downey during the 1980s and 1990s mirror the wider regional changes that occurred across not only Los Angeles, but all of California and the nation.
Downey: From Orange Groves to the Apollo Space Program

Downey: From Orange Groves to the Apollo Space Program

This week L.A. Letters spotlights Downey's past from the agriculture of the 19th Century, through the war years and the rise of the aerospace industry, and the development of the A ...
Juan Felipe Herrera: Poet Laureate of Aztlan and America

Juan Felipe Herrera: Poet Laureate of Aztlan and America

This week L.A. Letters spotlights Herrera, looking back on his long career and celebrating his remarkable legacy.
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