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
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

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