Those of us who live here have become hardened both to the city's come ons and its disappointments. We're pleased to see our lack of feeling as "sophistication" until the tourists show us something else.
Southern California is being refigured by the imaginations of all of its interpreters. "Ghost" inhabitants are making their historical claims. Shadows are being illuminated by a new generation of authors, academics, and cultural critics.
The homely sugar beet begat development in both Los Angeles and Orange counties at the turn of the 20th century. The city of Los Alamitos began with sugar, but celebrating the beet isn't entirely sweet.
When I first moved here two years ago, I was spooked by the stories of K-town's crime rates, grit, and messy urban aesthetic. But now, I've come to love it -- abandoned couches, police helicopters, and all.
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