“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
As Denny's morphed from Danny's, the first Danny's on Bellflower Boulevard glazed its last doughnut and became an early franchise of Kentucky Fried Chicken. By then, the renamed Denny's had grown to a 20-restaurant chain.
It's not possible to calculate the human cost of the "Radium Age" in Los Angeles. It lasted from at least 1908 until the mid-1930s, during an era when conventional medicine had little offer for chronic suffering and nothing beyond the scalpel for cancer.
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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