Neighborhoods

LA State Historic Park

LA State Historic Park

As I’ve said before, over and over again, Los Angeles lacks parks. But, we’re slowly getting better. This weekend, the city of Los Angeles opened 36 acres of new park space, on historic land. The opening of The Los Angeles State Historic Park, situated on […]

Mom’s Apartment

Mom’s Apartment

1618 Vista Del Mar reads a hand-written note tacked to the bulletin board above my desk. I only write notes by hand. I had a roommate once who would type notes – reminders, to-do lists, quotes – and then color childlike borders on them with […]

Weekdays

Weekdays

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I drive to Pacoima, in the San Fernando Valley. From Hollywood, it’s only 15 minutes in good traffic. I teach theatre at a charter school there twice a week. The air is hot and dusty in Pacoima, the streets are wide, […]

A Collection of Towns

It is colder in Culver City than Hollywood, and less sunny, generally. I take the bus and the train in the mornings, and as I travel, I feel the degrees falling away, see the fog hanging down. Downtown Culver City bustles with pedestrians. People walking […]

Again About Transit

My old apartment was half a mile from the Hollywood/Western station. My new house is over one and a half miles from the Vermont/Beverly station. Too far to walk for a typical commute, but I will not be unfazed.  For my commute to Culver City, […]

The Millennium Hollywood

The Millennium Hollywood

There are stretches of parking lot in Hollywood. (If you know Hollywood at all, you just rolled your eyes as you read that. Duh, a lot of Hollywood is parking lot.) The stretches of which I speak surround the Capitol Records building. Imagine turning these […]

We’re Home!

This is our home. We own it. And it’s in Hollywood, where we’ve said we’d like to stay forever. We’re so happy to be home.  Now, let’s take a walk down memory lane: our house hunting experience that lasted three years and caused our hearts […]

Parklets Come to Los Angeles

Highland Park parklet rendering, courtesy of Office of José Huiza Parklets! What’s a parklet? It’s a mini public park in an urban area.  Essentially, it’s a great idea. Last Friday, the L.A. City Council approved the construction of four parklets in Downtown L.A., El Sereno […]

The City Prolific: Weekend Events August 2 – 4

The City Prolific: Weekend Events August 2 – 4

Sand, sun, and stars: I saw a lot of each last weekend.  Went to the Nick Waterhouse show at the Getty, and spent a good portion of the time looking up.  The sky is so big over those Santa Monica hills.  I also got a […]

The Exercise of Meandering

I wrote about walking recently, and it’s been on my mind a lot. On my mind, because it isn’t in my life as much as is necessary to not think about it. Some years ago, I would alter my after-work journey home with the errands […]