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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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.
Two Recent Works from Interdisciplinary Los Angeles

Two Recent Works from Interdisciplinary Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters brings you the best from Interdisciplinary Los Angeles, covering recent works from Edward Soja and Michael C. Ford.
Storying Wyvernwood: Connecting Community

Storying Wyvernwood: Connecting Community

This week L.A. Letters salutes Wyvernwood and the multigenerational coalition of residents, activists, preservationists, professors and students committed to preserving the site an ...
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