“Where We Are” is about the place we call L.A. and the often avoided conversation Angeleños have about its past and its conflicted present. I believe places matter, but their intersection with our lives is often obscured or ignored. And if we reach out in longing, we grasp mostly clichés of a city that’s always painted in the colors of smog, that’s always seen from a height, from a seat in a descending jetliner, from a freeway overpass. From there, the city looks like a collection of absences: the absence of hierarchies, of a center, of any authenticity. Finally, we’re absent, too, displaced and wrapped in reveries of substitute cities more adequate to the demands of our desire. “Where We Are” questions, argues, reflects, and in other ways challenges these Los Angeles clichés. I’m not a historian. I don’t live in the City of Los Angeles. I don’t drive. My qualifications for writing about a place I love. ~ D.J. Waldie
Those of us who live here have become hardened both to the city's come ons and its disappointments. We're pleased to see our lack of feeling as "sophistication" until the tourists show us something else.
Christopher Hawthorne, the Los Angeles Times architecture critic, is asking some provocative questions about the overhauled design of the proposed replacement to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard.
California voters took a whack at man not entirely made of straw on Tuesday and changed the state constitution to require local governments to comply with two state laws that local governments are already required to follow.
The future of food hadn't arrived when I was a boy. Shopping was mostly done on foot then, fresh vegetable and fruit displays followed the seasons, and there were times you couldn't get chicken, but you could get rabbit.
Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer has a bill in the works, approved by Assembly Local Government Committee on a five-to-one vote, that would make the state's "open meeting" law just two words shorter and a lot easier to get around.
Downtown L.A. was used to being kicked around. But like a wimpy kid who grows up to be an All American, downtown has beefed up. What downtown doesn't have is enough hotel rooms to justify a bigger and better convention center.
Sal is a detective in the homicide division of South Los Angeles, one of the most infamous urban areas in the United States, where about 40% of the homicide activity in the city takes place -- despite the numbers being at a record low.
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