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
Insuring Against Corruption in the Central Basin Water District

Insuring Against Corruption in the Central Basin Water District

From the Dust Bowl to the L.A. Suburbs

From the Dust Bowl to the L.A. Suburbs

Susan Straight, an Appreciation

Susan Straight, an Appreciation

A Short Journey to Chicago, a Brief Comparison to L.A.

A Short Journey to Chicago, a Brief Comparison to L.A.

NYU's Animated Map of Los Angeles: A Piece of Fiction?

NYU's Animated Map of Los Angeles: A Piece of Fiction?

The Persistence of Palms in Los Angeles

The Persistence of Palms in Los Angeles

75 Years Later, Time and Again at Union Station

75 Years Later, Time and Again at Union Station

Joe Gonsalves: Legend of L.A.'s Suburbs

Joe Gonsalves: Legend of L.A.'s Suburbs

When a Faded Sign Is Uncovered, You Can Hear America Singing

When a Faded Sign Is Uncovered, You Can Hear America Singing

60 Years Ago, Lakewood Went From Suburb to City

60 Years Ago, Lakewood Went From Suburb to City

Thousands of Little Governments in California and No One Watching Them

Thousands of Little Governments in California and No One Watching Them

Choppy Waters: Competition, Environmental Impacts Trouble L.A.'s Harbors

Choppy Waters: Competition, Environmental Impacts Trouble L.A.'s Harbors

When Big Numbers Roamed the Hills of Los Angeles

When Big Numbers Roamed the Hills of Los Angeles

Fading Tinsel: New Report Pictures Trouble in Hollywood

Fading Tinsel: New Report Pictures Trouble in Hollywood

Explainer: Sriracha, Irwindale, and the Politics of Hot Sauce

Explainer: Sriracha, Irwindale, and the Politics of Hot Sauce

After Indictments, 5 Lessons from Ron and Tom Calderon

After Indictments, 5 Lessons from Ron and Tom Calderon

Persistence of Memories at a Roadside Shrine

Persistence of Memories at a Roadside Shrine

For the Vanished Discounters of Suburban L.A., Retail Nostalgia

For the Vanished Discounters of Suburban L.A., Retail Nostalgia

Mayor Eric Garcetti: Still Finding His Focus

Mayor Eric Garcetti: Still Finding His Focus

Drought by the Numbers: Where Does California Water Go?

Drought by the Numbers: Where Does California Water Go?

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