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On Location: Culver City

This week L.A. Letters spotlights Culver City, its natural landscape, illustrious history, and the brisk redevelopment that has reenergized the city's core over the last decade.

About the Author

Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Selections for Summer Reading: The Black Man of Happiness to Showtime

Selections for Summer Reading: The Black Man of Happiness to Showtime

From a meditation on what it means to be a happy Black man, the folklore of the freeway, to the glory days of the Lakers, these four books each equally present a new perspective on ...
Japanese Boyle Heights in the 21st Century

Japanese Boyle Heights in the 21st Century

This week L.A. Letters spotlights three spaces clustered within a block of each other on First Street in Boyle Heights, which have a longstanding history and intimate connection wi ...
Old Town San Diego and the New Children's Museum

Old Town San Diego and the New Children's Museum

This week L.A. Letters spotlights these two places in San Diego that epitomize both the city's storied past and the city's bright future.
The Rendezvous Ballroom Reunion: Surf Rock and the Righteous Brothers

The Rendezvous Ballroom Reunion: Surf Rock and the Righteous Brothers

This week LA Letters covers the history of the Rendezvous and also previews the upcoming reunion show that includes members of legendary Surf Rock groups like the Chantays, the Sur ...
Uptown Long Beach: Bixby Knolls and California Heights

Uptown Long Beach: Bixby Knolls and California Heights

This week L.A. Letters highlights the vibrant spirit, historic architecture and emerging bike friendly programs that are revitalizing and redefining these two great Long Beach neig ...
Memories from the 1984 Olympics

Memories from the 1984 Olympics

This week L.A. Letters connects the dots between the World Cup in Brazil, celebration capitalism, and the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Olympics.
The Right to the City: New Community Spaces Amplify the Voice of Angelenos

The Right to the City: New Community Spaces Amplify the Voice of Angelenos

This week L.A. Letters highlights two new community spaces dedicated to amplifying the voice of Angelenos and providing alternatives to corporate spaces and cookie cutter culture.
Laguna Beach and the Urban Wilderness

Laguna Beach and the Urban Wilderness

L.A. Letters spotlights Laguna Beach with a focus on the Laguna Greenbelt and the area's cultural history.
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