Looking west from 7th and Union. Bike lane.

Looking west from 7th and Union. Bike lane.

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Three Shrines And A Dog

east-of-west-la:

Three Shrines And A Dog

Tags: los angeles

"Cities like Tijuana and Los Angeles, once socio-urban aberrations, are becoming models of a new hybrid culture, full of uncertainty and vitality…In this context, concepts like ‘high culture,’ ‘ethnic purity,’ ‘cultural identity,’ ‘beauty,’ and ‘fine arts’ are absurdities and anachronisms. Like it or not, we are attending the funeral of modernity and the birth of a new culture."

— Document/Undocumented by Guillermo Gomez-Pena

The dance is over. Downtown Los Angeles.

The dance is over. Downtown Los Angeles.

Pershing Square Fountain.

Pershing Square Fountain.

Runyon Canyon Sunset.

Runyon Canyon Sunset.

"One can most properly begin by learning the local language; and the language of design, architecture, and urbanism in Los Angeles is the language of movement. Mobility outweighs monumentality there to a unique degree, as Richard Austin Smith pointed out in a justly famous article in 1965, and the city will never be fully understood by those who cannot move fluently through its diffuse urban texture, cannot go with the flow of its unprecedented life. So, like earlier generations of English intellectuals who taught themselves Italian in order to read Dante in the original, I learned to drive in order to read Los Angeles in the original.
But whereas knowledge of Dante’s tongue could serve in reading other Italian texts, full command of Angeleno dynamics qualifies one only to read Los Angeles, the uniquely mobile metropolis. Again that word ‘uniquely’…I make no apology for it. The splendours and miseries of Los Angeles, the graces and grotequeries, appear to me as unrepeatable as they are unprecedented."

The Architecture of Four Ecologies by Reyner Banham

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Dana Gabbard writes on HOLA’s great public art project that leads to student work being displayed on bus benches around the city. This set is all in the Mid-Wilshire area. Read Dana’s story, here.

"The place is rapidly…sinking into a ‘blade runner’ dystopian futurism…The air is unbreathable, the water undrinkable, the transit system impenetrable…"

— Time Out Los Angeles Guide, 1998

"Rain…usually [casues] massive flooding and [leaves] people stranded atop their vehicles or entombed in sinking homes."

— National Geographic Traveler: Los Angeles

Sky

Sky

"By 1960 Los Angeles stood at the very center of the new culture and economy of postwar America. California was now the most populous state, with the biggest delegation in congress. No wonder the Democratic party held its presidential nominating convention in Los Angeles, with Jack Kennedy, the ‘prince of glamor’, headquartered in the downtown Biltmore Hotel. The seductive suburban "Southern California Lifestyle," in architecture, recreational sports, automobility, and popular culture, was reproduced ad infinitum in movies, on televison, and in popular magazines such as Life, Look, Time, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Garden, and House and Garden. This cultural power was a crucial element of the entire eigth regime of 1940-92. Epitomized by the iconic ‘Case Study #22’ phogoraph by Julius Schulman, this glamor was realized as pure white against a backdrop of racial danger: hundreds of square miles of segregated urban landsacpe.”
"Ab Urbis Condita" by Philip J. Ethington

"By 1960 Los Angeles stood at the very center of the new culture and economy of postwar America. California was now the most populous state, with the biggest delegation in congress. No wonder the Democratic party held its presidential nominating convention in Los Angeles, with Jack Kennedy, the ‘prince of glamor’, headquartered in the downtown Biltmore Hotel. The seductive suburban "Southern California Lifestyle," in architecture, recreational sports, automobility, and popular culture, was reproduced ad infinitum in movies, on televison, and in popular magazines such as Life, Look, Time, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Garden, and House and Garden. This cultural power was a crucial element of the entire eigth regime of 1940-92. Epitomized by the iconic ‘Case Study #22’ phogoraph by Julius Schulman, this glamor was realized as pure white against a backdrop of racial danger: hundreds of square miles of segregated urban landsacpe.”

"Ab Urbis Condita" by Philip J. Ethington

(Source: pro-to-col)

Arts District. Hipsters must die.

Arts District. Hipsters must die.

Public vs. private. Asked to step away from this fountain/not sit at it. Owned by Macguire Properties. That’s the Library/US Bank tower behind it.

Postscript: Not allowed to lay down on a nearby bench, so security asked came back out just to tell me to sit up. Guess I oughtta peace.

Public vs. private. Asked to step away from this fountain/not sit at it. Owned by Macguire Properties. That’s the Library/US Bank tower behind it.

Postscript: Not allowed to lay down on a nearby bench, so security asked came back out just to tell me to sit up. Guess I oughtta peace.
Divinity on South Broadway

Divinity on South Broadway