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
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

Los Angeles Food Culture During My Childhood

Los Angeles Food Culture During My Childhood

Sriracha and Irwindale: The War May Not Be Over as Questions Remain

Sriracha and Irwindale: The War May Not Be Over as Questions Remain

In Minnesota, 'California Dreaming' on the Prairie

In Minnesota, 'California Dreaming' on the Prairie

2 Words to Put Local Government Decisions in the Shadows

2 Words to Put Local Government Decisions in the Shadows

With No Pro Football, L.A. City Hall Needs a Winning Play Downtown

With No Pro Football, L.A. City Hall Needs a Winning Play Downtown

San Pedro's Ports O'Call: The Theme Ends, Then What?

San Pedro's Ports O'Call: The Theme Ends, Then What?

Mansionization Returns: The Too Big House and the Image of L.A.

Mansionization Returns: The Too Big House and the Image of L.A.

Downtown L.A. Life and PacMutual's 'Gift to the Street'

Downtown L.A. Life and PacMutual's 'Gift to the Street'

Hard Ball: Why the Dodgers Left Brooklyn and Came to L.A.

Hard Ball: Why the Dodgers Left Brooklyn and Came to L.A.

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