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
Confessions of a Jaywalker

Confessions of a Jaywalker

Looking at Suburban Lawns and Seeing the Future of Water Conservation

Looking at Suburban Lawns and Seeing the Future of Water Conservation

Lost! The Golden Hoard of L.A.'s Lizard People

Lost! The Golden Hoard of L.A.'s Lizard People

Heartwood: A Tree Is Felled Into Memories

Heartwood: A Tree Is Felled Into Memories

When Denny's Was Danny's and Lakewood Was New

When Denny's Was Danny's and Lakewood Was New

I Fear More What Comes After Wildfires

I Fear More What Comes After Wildfires

News Roundup: Political Scandal! Football! Disincorporation! And More!

News Roundup: Political Scandal! Football! Disincorporation! And More!

Spinning Baca's Resignation: Is the Outrage Belated?

Spinning Baca's Resignation: Is the Outrage Belated?

With Sheriff Baca's Resignation, Time for a New Kind of County Sheriff

With Sheriff Baca's Resignation, Time for a New Kind of County Sheriff

The Sameness of SoCal Weather and More Observations From the Year's Beginning

The Sameness of SoCal Weather and More Observations From the Year's Beginning

Symbol Wars: The Cross Should Stay Off L.A. County's Seal

Symbol Wars: The Cross Should Stay Off L.A. County's Seal

Hot Town: Los Angeles in the 'Radium Age'

Hot Town: Los Angeles in the 'Radium Age'

Is Public Transit in L.A. a Humane Experience?

Is Public Transit in L.A. a Humane Experience?

May Your Visit From Santa Be Without Incendiary Reindeer

May Your Visit From Santa Be Without Incendiary Reindeer

In the Water Wars, A Small Victory for Consumers

In the Water Wars, A Small Victory for Consumers

Get Out Now? Imagining the Dangers of Los Angeles

Get Out Now? Imagining the Dangers of Los Angeles

On Writing Nonfiction, an Essayist's Faith

On Writing Nonfiction, an Essayist's Faith

Where I've Been and Where We Are: A Reintroduction to Me, D.J Waldie

Where I've Been and Where We Are: A Reintroduction to Me, D.J Waldie

More Questions About What To Call Home

More Questions About What To Call Home

Race, Class, Fear, and Shame: Transit Barriers

Race, Class, Fear, and Shame: Transit Barriers