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The Starlite Swap Meet

The Starlite Swap Meet

The space occupied by Starlite Swap Meet in South El Monte can best be described as a void in the urban landscape, only becoming a place upon the arrival of the people who occupy i ...
Artesia: From Portuguese Dairy Farms to Little India

Artesia: From Portuguese Dairy Farms to Little India

This week L.A. Letters highlights the past, present and future of Artesia, one of the gateway cities on the southeastern border of Los Angeles County.
Making Health Happen in South L.A.

Making Health Happen in South L.A.

South L.A. residents are increasingly vulnerable to a number of negative health outcomes due to high levels of pollution from traffic emissions and oil extraction sites in close pr ...
Superheroes and Mathematics: Playing and Programming for the Future, Part 2

Superheroes and Mathematics: Playing and Programming for the Future, Part 2

We explore what happened when designers and programmers from educational design company GameDesk collaborated with 6th graders at the PlayMaker School in Los Angeles.
Redefining Asian America: Japanese Americans, Gardena, and the Making of a Transnational Suburb

Redefining Asian America: Japanese Americans, Gardena, and the Making of a Transnational Suburb

In post-war Southern California, Japanese Americans created the built environment as much as much as anyone else, and few suburbs demonstrate Asian American agency like South Bay's ...
Mobile Mapping Technology Helps Build Stronger and Healthier Communities in Los Angeles

Mobile Mapping Technology Helps Build Stronger and Healthier Communities in Los Angeles

With the proliferation of mobile phones, digital cartography has taken off as a community-building tool. Using geotags for posted photographs and status updates, people can relay v ...
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