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
For the Vanished Discounters of Suburban L.A., Retail Nostalgia

For the Vanished Discounters of Suburban L.A., Retail Nostalgia

Mayor Eric Garcetti: Still Finding His Focus

Mayor Eric Garcetti: Still Finding His Focus

Drought by the Numbers: Where Does California Water Go?

Drought by the Numbers: Where Does California Water Go?

Central Basin Municipal Water District in More Hot Water

Central Basin Municipal Water District in More Hot Water

Confessions of a Jaywalker

Confessions of a Jaywalker

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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

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