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: 2013-10-01T04:00:49-07:00
A private space that functions essentially like a public one, the venerable Farmers Market at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax provides a variety of specialized foods, a respite for paparazzi-weary celebrities, a quaint backdrop for photo-snapping tourist...
Post date: 2013-09-24T04:00:08-07:00
Cross the river out of downtown, and you immediately find yourself in Boyle Heights, gateway to East Los Angeles. Often described as formerly Jewish (back when Cesar E. Chavez Avenue had the name Brooklyn) and currently Latino, the neighborhood emerged...
Post date: 2013-09-17T07:00:11-07:00
This place "Where Hollywood Movies Are Made" once, indeed, had the bulk of the Los Angeles film production industry. More importantly, to my mind, it also once had the Tokyo 7-7 Coffee Shop, perhaps the only Los Angeles eatery ever to attain perfection...
Post date: 2013-09-10T03:00:01-07:00
When the New Yorker's "far-flung correspondent" Christopher Rand came to Los Angeles in 1964, he based himself in Sawtelle, the quiet "satellite Japanese quarter" which let him observe the city's cultural hybridization with Asia and Latin America. What...
Post date: 2013-09-03T03:30:11-07:00
Since its riots nearly 50 years ago, troubled Watts has drawn the pens Clive James, Jan Morris, Reyner Banham, and Thomas Pynchon. But even these astute observers had to contend with the surprising placelessness they found there, given the neighborhood...
Post date: 2013-08-27T04:00:50-07:00
In only 56 years, downtown's Bunker Hill went from the formerly grand but still dignified shambles that housed Arturo Bandini, down-and-out protagonist of John Fante's "Ask the Dust", to the stand of gleaming high-rises that itself simulated a virtual ...