August 8, 1999
With skyrocketing rents, neighbors like Madonna and the fact that even Grandma can find it without a Thomas Guide, it's obvious the once quaintly bohemian Silver Lake/Los Feliz area is about as alternative as, well, alternative. So where next? A few urban seers predict tomorrow's hot ZIP codes. --Mark Ehrman BILLY SHIRE Owner, Wacko/Soap Plant North Hollywood or East L.A. There's nothing else left. NoHo has been on the verge for a few years. The area around Lankershim Boulevard where it meets Vineland Avenue, and farther up by the railroad tracks, at Chandler Boulevard, where the city is actually underwriting some multi-use stuff.
December 1, 1999 |
The fashion industry is full of creative, competitive types, so clashes over who designed what are to be expected. And it's not just the household names who find themselves in the midst of these rag wars. Los Angeles fashion designer Monah Li, whose velvet and lace creations have made fans of Courtney Love, Cameron Diaz and Stevie Nicks, said she has received a "fat check" of $35,000, putting an end to a yearlong battle with another fashion designer.
February 25, 2001 |
Monah Li never thought she'd end up in a downtown office building. Not long ago, Li's natural habitat was bohemian Los Feliz, where her romantic mixed-fabric dress designs made her the local hero of Vermont Avenue. The location fit her edgy image: She dates, off and on, literary bad boy Jerry Stahl ("Permanent Midnight"), whose past addiction to heroin was portrayed on screen by Ben Stiller. And she once did time in a mental hospital for her own drug problems, long since vanquished.