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  • ... , the Mexican simulacrum now at the origin point of Los Angeles , raises an uncomfortable question: why do so many of the the ... As an Angeleno, no matter of how brief a standing, you tend to want to steer visitors away from Olvera Street . ...
  • ... 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 ...
  • ... 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? ...
  • ... 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 : ...
  • ... the West" when downtown first functioned as the center of Los Angeles , architecturally venerable Spring Street offers a window onto the urban revival that may well make it the center again. So ...
  • ... 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 ...
  • ... world-famous by the near-secret, all joined under the name Los Feliz. Apart from the real challenge of describing it, how even to ... Lovell Health House. They will, most likely, do it with a copy of David Gebhard and Robert Winter's "An Architectural Guide to Los ...
  • 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 ...
  • ... 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? ...
  • ... 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 ...

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