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  • The first line in Los Angeles' modern rail system, which Reyner Banham called "socially necessary," opened 23 years ago to great fanfare. A lot of people ride it today, but has it really achieved its goals? ...
  • ... reputation and vivid history of racial strife. Has it become a more recognizable place on its own terms today? ... Charles Burnett's detail-rich, Watts-set 1977 piece of Los Angeles neorealism "Killer of Sheep." The first time I watched the movie, I ...
  • ... in the former tourist trap of Chinatown has become, eating a curry beef pie amid the neighborhood's Hello Kitty-filled underground malls ... writes Umberto Eco, who, despite not necessarily having Los Angeles in mind, nevertheless sets up a pillar of the mental ...
  • ... forty and fifty years old remember Westwood not just as a place, but as the place. People agree that the neighborhood just south of ... its very name conjures up images, real and imagined, of Los Angeles' strange, fearful 1990s? ...
  • One of Los Angeles' many formerly wealthy enclaves, one immortalized in song by Richard ... "It's hard to screw up a pupusa," a friend replied when I suggested he have one for lunch. The thick, ...
  • ... restaurant critics to Yelpers, Ethiopian cuisine has its Los Angeles center on a single block of Fairfax Avenue. We can easily visit Little Ethiopia for a ...
  • ... Movies Are Made" once, indeed, had the bulk of the Los Angeles film production industry. More importantly, to my mind, it ... City, which — the name doesn't lie — actually counts as a city on its own. People seem, generally, to know that it enjoys this status ...
  • ... more than do the other coastal neighborhoods. But after a glimpse into the sociology of the place, should we see a veritable culture ... by Colin Marshall. More stories and history at DEPARTURES : VENICE More Los Angeles Primer : ...
  • ... and optimism, Los Angeles' airport provides a tempting symbol for the city itself. But why only now has it felt the need to ... Photos by Colin Marshall. This concludes KCET Departures' year of essays excerpted from the upcoming book "A Los ...
  • You can't go to a Japanese department store on the Miracle Mile anymore, but you can do it in ... one in Hollywood. Half a century after Seibu took leave of Los Angeles , Muji arrived, representing the current shopping generation as ...

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