Where We Are
“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
Whose Happy Home? Measuring Satisfaction With Where We Live

Whose Happy Home? Measuring Satisfaction With Where We Live

The Paradoxes That Keep Some L.A. Neighborhoods 'Park Poor'

The Paradoxes That Keep Some L.A. Neighborhoods 'Park Poor'

Passages, Passings, and the Last Sight of Fathers

Passages, Passings, and the Last Sight of Fathers

Museums, Historic Buildings, and Oases: The Place of Places in Los Angeles

Museums, Historic Buildings, and Oases: The Place of Places in Los Angeles

Then There Were Three: Regional Water Agencies Tainted by Scandal

Then There Were Three: Regional Water Agencies Tainted by Scandal

Cold War Diary: 'I Was a Suburban Combatant'

Cold War Diary: 'I Was a Suburban Combatant'

Professor Money, God, and the First Book Published in Los Angeles (Maybe)

Professor Money, God, and the First Book Published in Los Angeles (Maybe)

Study in Brown: The Mixed Messages of Water Conservation

Study in Brown: The Mixed Messages of Water Conservation

For a Better State, Give Local Government What It Needs

For a Better State, Give Local Government What It Needs

Hot Town: The Shape of Los Angeles and the 'Heat Island' Effect

Hot Town: The Shape of Los Angeles and the 'Heat Island' Effect

Footsore: L.A.'s Sidewalk Mess Needs Better Ideas

Footsore: L.A.'s Sidewalk Mess Needs Better Ideas

On Hollywood Boulevard, a Myth Becomes Reality

On Hollywood Boulevard, a Myth Becomes Reality

Are We Tall? Are We Flat? Ooze or Coagulate? What Should The Buildings of L.A. Say?

Are We Tall? Are We Flat? Ooze or Coagulate? What Should The Buildings of L.A. Say?

Who's Reformed? Not the Legislature While Reform Bills Languish

Who's Reformed? Not the Legislature While Reform Bills Languish

A Guide for the Politically Perplexed in L.A. County

A Guide for the Politically Perplexed in L.A. County

Taking the Time to Discuss Southern California's Tomorrow and Yesterday

Taking the Time to Discuss Southern California's Tomorrow and Yesterday

With an F-Bomb, Mayor Garcetti Defines Himself

With an F-Bomb, Mayor Garcetti Defines Himself

Fixing California's Constitutional Crisis Won't Be Easy

Fixing California's Constitutional Crisis Won't Be Easy

Charles Wright: United States Poet Laureate and My Teacher

Charles Wright: United States Poet Laureate and My Teacher

Despite Prop 42, State Lawmakers Still Lack Transparency

Despite Prop 42, State Lawmakers Still Lack Transparency

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