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  • ... 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 ...
  • ... more than do the other coastal neighborhoods. But after a glimpse into the sociology of the place, should we see a veritable culture ... Pacific.Photos by Colin Marshall.More stories and history at DEPARTURES : VENICEMore Los Angeles Primer :Echo ParkCentury ...
  • ... 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 ...
  • ... 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 ... hard to screw up a pupusa," a friend replied when I suggested he have one for lunch. The thick, ...
  • ... hip-hop," and more grew from the unlikely origin of a predominantly white suburban community planned in the 1920s. But despite ... (and Skee-Lo's famous music video, "I Wish"), few outside Los Angeles know its name. Should we now find a way to connect this ... more extensive coverage of Leimert Park from KCET Departures here. Photos by Colin Marshall. ...
  • In the early 1980s, a young Jonathan Gold decided to eat at every restaurant on Pico Boulevard. He ... "map of the senses" tell us about how to think about Los Angeles , especially on a 15-mile street so diverse as to seem patternless? ...
  • ... cyclist in this supposedly "bike-unfriendly" city gains a command of quiet back streets like 4th, the backbone of so many of my own ... urban environment, such as, when did once modernism-loving Los Angeles start looking architecturally backward? ...
  • ... find yourself in Boyle Heights, gateway to East Los Angeles . Often described as formerly Jewish (back when Cesar E. ... just east of downtown over the river, looks and feels like a district that has drifted far from its original purposes. Like Westlake, the ...
  • ... to the stand of gleaming high-rises that itself simulated a virtual city in the techno-thriller "Virtuosity". Should, or can, we keep one ... read "Ask the Dust," John Fante's acclaimed novel of 1930s Los Angeles , they'll remember it as the formerly grand neighborhood in ...

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