Colin Marshall | KCET
Colin Marshall is an essayist, broadcaster, and speaker on cities and culture. He's currently based in Seoul and at work on the book "A Los Angeles Primer: Mastering the Stateless City."
Post date: 2013-11-12T03:00:20-08:00
Those bewildered and disoriented by Los Angeles can make a retreat to its satellite cities like Pasadena, and thus to a more traditional look, feel, and form they can readily comprehend. Yet even these, in their downtowns, once had to return from the b...
Post date: 2013-11-05T03:10:48-08:00
Noted architect and urbanist Jan Gehl endorses one piece of city-building advice in particular: "Make sure there's never quite enough room." Olvera Street, the Mexican simulacrum now at the origin point of Los Angeles, raises an uncomfortable question:...
Post date: 2013-10-28T18:30:00-07:00
Head south on Alameda from downtown, watch the buildings drop in height and expand enormously in width, aim toward the American Apparel factory, and you'll find yourself in the Fashion District, not just one of the cores of hardworking Los Angeles, but...
Post date: 2013-10-22T03:30:51-07:00
Drawn over by names like Neutra, Schindler, and Lloyd Wright, the architectural tourist who descends from the hills will find the highly crafted by the throwaway, the once-glamorous by the unapologetically scuzzy, and the world-famous by the near-secre...
Post date: 2013-10-15T04:00:02-07:00
The daily cyclist in this supposedly "bike-unfriendly" city gains a command of quiet back streets like 4th, the backbone of so many of my own trips. The pace, rhythm, and perspective of rides along these bike routes open up the mental space to ponder a...
Post date: 2013-10-08T03:30:09-07:00
"The black Greenwich Village," "the Left Bank of early-90s underground hip-hop," and more grew from the unlikely origin of a predominantly white suburban community planned in the 1920s. But despite prominent appearances in films like "Baby Boy" and "Co...