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  • 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 ...
  • ... 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 ...
  • ... 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 ...
  • ... 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 ...
  • ... 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 ...
  • ... 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 ...
  • ... 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? ...
  • ... Street, the Mexican simulacrum now at the origin point of Los Angeles , raises an uncomfortable question: why do so many of the the city's ... an Angeleno, no matter of how brief a standing, you tend to want to steer visitors away from Olvera Street. I, for ...
  • ... reservoir and surfeit of fascinating houses, has become a space for style, wellness, and artisanal retail. But should we fear a rising ... closing party of Brightwell, my friend (and fellow KCET Departures columnist) Eric's gentlemen's shop. He may have opened the first ...

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