CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1986 |
Sherman Way in Canoga Park is as frumpy as any Valley boulevard, a seemingly endless strip of gas stations, apartment buildings and thrift shops that appear to have been Xeroxed instead of built. It has neither a Bullock's nor a Bloomingdale's. Yet, on almost any weekend, Sherman Way between Owensmouth and Canoga is busy with upscale browsers. OK. "Busy" is too strong a word. Melrose Avenue it ain't.
October 13, 1996 |
This city, often called Mexico's Disneyland by Yankees, is every traveler's Mexican Fantasyland--a drop-dead gorgeous colonial hilltop town. The town's main church, La Parroquia, is the most prominent landmark and can easily be compared to a certain Sleeping Beauty's Castle, especially when it's lighted on weekend and holiday evenings.
November 23, 1995 |
When Will Hearst, scion of the famed newspaper family, unveiled a new venture called @Home earlier this year, he seemed to be proposing the solution to every Internet surfer's dream. By offering access to the global computer network via big, fat cable television lines that can transmit data a thousand times faster than standard phone wires, @Home promises to transform the very nature of the Internet, and especially the graphics-rich part of it known as the World Wide Web.
August 31, 2008 |
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
February 24, 2008 |
In the beige linoleum hallway, a fluorescent light flickers on and off as a woman saunters over to visit her neighbor. The elevator creaks and whines, then frees a gaggle of giggling girls. Downstairs in the laundry room, a young mother sorts her children's clothes, enjoying the room's warmth on a blustery day. But for this west Bronx apartment building's residents, the comfort of home may not last.
November 16, 2008 |
When my wife and I and our two small children moved late last year to Glassell Park, a neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles, we were following a predictable gentrification script. The nearby enclaves of Eagle Rock and Mount Washington were slightly out of our price range, having already attracted those who had been edged out of the previous round of gentrification in Silver Lake, Echo Park and Franklin Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2005 |
A year ago, high school junior Stephanie Cisneros had never heard the word "gentrification," but in many ways, she already knew what it meant. She was watching it happen all around her in the Echo Park neighborhood she's called home since she was 5 years old. Stephanie saw working-class neighbors losing their rental units, only to see the apartments revamped and priced far higher than before. She saw old storefront businesses close and disappear. Familiar faces, gone.
May 17, 2008 |
On the surface, almost everything appears as it has for decades on East 1st Street in Boyle Heights, the neighborhood east of downtown known as a haven for immigrants and blue-collar families. It's mid-afternoon and a couple of tipsy men spill out of Las Palomas Bar, arms locked over their shoulders, heading toward the nearby birrieria, a restaurant specializing in goat stew. Others greet more soberly as they pass traditional mom-and-pop shops that line the thoroughfare, selling soccer trophies, mariachi outfits and secondhand clothes.
April 13, 2014 |
Arie Shashou remembers simple pleasures from the decades spent in his Westside home: helping neighbors with small tasks; the daily chats with the former manager of the complex; the paintings that line the walls of his one-bedroom. "It was a happy time," Shashou, 77, recalled on a recent Sunday afternoon. "I was hoping to die here. " That was before Shashou received an eviction notice in March. Shashou's $825-a-month rent-controlled apartment, and 17 other units, will be demolished to make way for a pricey new apartment complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2008 |
The young men who rule Drew Street have survived countless convictions, injunctions, evictions and deportations. Over the years, they have called themselves the Cypress Assassins, the Pee Wee Gangsters, the Brown Crowd Youngsters. They are as much clan as gang, deeply interconnected by family, with decades in their Glassell Park neighborhood.