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October 13, 1996 | NANCY ZASLAVSKY, Zaslavasky is the author of "A Cook's Tour of Mexico" and the upcoming "Meatless Mexican Home Cooking."
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 16, 2008 | Matthew DeBord, Matthew DeBord is a writer in Los Angeles.
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.
February 24, 2008 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
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.
January 24, 2005 | Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
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.
August 31, 2008 | Geoff Boucher; Chris Lee; Mark Olsen; Rachel Abramowitz; Scott Timberg; Patrick Day; Kenneth Turan
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.
May 17, 2008 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
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.
February 23, 2008 | Joe Mozingo, Sam Quinones and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
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.
July 19, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein and Arin Gencer, Times Staff Writers
The crime statistics on the Westside tell one story: Violent crime went down 45% in the last two years. But the fatal attacks on three Westside-area high school students in recent months tell another. First, Santa Monica High School student athlete Eduardo Lopez was gunned down in February as he walked with two other teenagers.
May 31, 2008 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
It looked like trouble. Or maybe it looked like the stuff that dreams were made of. The street was dark and the lighting was eerie as the hard-boiled book publishers from New York gathered outside an old factory building in downtown Los Angeles. They eyed the crowd that had massed inside. Some of the dames looked like femme fatales; some of the guys looked like saps.
June 30, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Vagrants used to sleep in the hallways. The elevators smelled like urine. And the apartments were packed with families, five to 10 people deep. But now, a 196-unit apartment building in downtown Santa Ana is being tuned up for higher-end tenants, signaling change in the city's historic Artists Village. Investors and artists say they see the possibility of staging a hip, trendy street scene in one of Orange County's few urban centers.
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