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Eric Brightwell


Eric Brightwell is a writer, map maker, and an explorer of neighborhoods. He writes at Amoeblog, and his maps can be viewed at Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography.


Taking Public Transit to the Beach in L.A. County and Beyond

Spike Jonze's recent film "Her" depicted Angelenos taking luxurious class trains to to the beach -- but we don't have to wait until the future to reach the ocean via public transit.
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Exploring San Diego's Little Italy

I explored San Diego's Little Italy and found neither to resemble Los Angeles's historic enclave nor the Little Italy of my uninformed imagination.

Pop-Up Broadway: Exploring L.A.'s Original Great Street

It's always surprised me that in the city most widely associated with film, tourists have always been directed to Hollywood, not to Broadway's theater district in downtown's Historic Core.
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Open Streets and Urbanization: Exploring Downtown Orange County

Known as "Downtown Orange County," the city of Santa Ana will be holding its first open streets event this fall.

Reimagining Garden Grove with Orange County's First Open Streets Event

If all goes according to plan, Orange County's first Open Streets event will inspire people to re-imagine the way in which we use community space, embrace a healthier lifestyle, and interact with our neighbors wherever we might live.

Kitsch and Kultur: Exploring SoCal Bavaria

Although not often acknowledged, Americans of German ancestry comprise one of the largest ethnic groups in Southern California, and where they've attempted to recreate the spirit of Bavaria in the Southland, I've decided to explore.

The Missing Link: Exploring the Regional Connector Transit Corridor

Of the five Metro rail projects currently under construction in L.A., the Regional Connector is the shortest at just 1.9 miles long -- the but its consequences will be among the most far-reaching.

Exploring Anaheim's Little Arabia

Besides Disneyland, the second largest city in Orange County is home to other less-visited places such as Little Arabia, a locally-beloved and highly visible concentration of Arab businesses that has so far failed to receive formal recognition from the...

Trains Kept A-Rolling: Southern California's Restaurant Bound Rail Cars

After the city's vast street car system was dismantled, its rail cars experienced a variety of fates, from having extended lives overseas to a new life as museums and restaurants.
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Exploring Foothill Transit's 187 Line

The 25 year-old Foothill Transit system covers an area of roughly 300 square miles and 22 Southland cities.
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