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
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Despite Prop 42, State Lawmakers Still Lack Transparency

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Los Angeles Food Culture During My Childhood

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In Minnesota, 'California Dreaming' on the Prairie

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

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

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

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

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I Am a Pedestrian in Los Angeles

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Mayor Garcetti and the Politics of 'Meh'

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What Does Los Alamitos Have That Your Town Doesn't?

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Insuring Against Corruption in the Central Basin Water District

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From the Dust Bowl to the L.A. Suburbs

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Susan Straight, an Appreciation

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

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

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The Persistence of Palms in Los Angeles

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