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: 2013-08-20T04:00:32-07:00
With its cheerful if often decrepit architecture, its highly curated retail, and its famously freakish boardwalk, Venice offers its own version of reality more than do the other coastal neighborhoods. But after a glimpse into the sociology of the place...
Post date: 2013-08-13T04:00:16-07:00
Angelenos talk about Echo Park as a neighborhood which, over the past half-century, has suffered. But this century's elements of peace and prosperity, not least in the form of boutiques, pedal boats, craft beers, and kale salads, haven't wholly overwri...
Post date: 2013-08-06T03:00:47-07:00
"Nothing dates faster than people's fantasies about the future," said Robert Hughes of Brazil's midcentury planned capital. He could have said it about Century City, Los Angeles' midcentury planned business district. What does a walk down the increasin...
Post date: 2013-07-30T03:30:05-07:00
As far out of fashion as dining in the former tourist trap of Chinatown has become, eating a curry beef pie amid the neighborhood's Hello Kitty-filled underground malls and weary concrete plazas makes for a rich experience of its own. But might a new g...
Post date: 2013-07-23T04:00:22-07:00
You may find the Third Street Promenade a bland retail experience, but you'll also hear a wider variety of languages spoken there than anywhere else in Los Angeles. A piece of Southern Californian urbanism that came well before its time, it at once poi...
Post date: 2013-07-16T04:30:37-07:00
Tourist guidebooks may direct Los Angeles' visitors from abroad to the Walk of Fame, but just two miles east on Hollywood Boulevard, they'll find a much more fruitful cultural experience -- certainly a spicier one -- in Thai Town, a neighborhood with l...