I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with a friend down in Los Angeles about our current national circumstances. He’s frustrated with the institutional response to Covid-19 which he feels is excessive and heavy handed. He’s mystified by the popular culture and chaotic drama surrounding Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd protests. These concerns come … Continue reading The Devil’s Cleaning Lady
Blogsplaining. Is that a thing? I think it is. It’s a close cousin to Rebecca Solnit’s mansplaining. Blogsplaining is the use of logic to solve an obvious problem, but without acknowledging the cultural imperatives that make the solution impossible to implement. In other words, blogsplaining is the thankless task of solving a problem no one wants … Continue reading Blogsplaining Good Urbanism
I explored the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that runs for eighteen miles across the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. The Valley is a profoundly suburban city-within-a-city and home to 1.8 million people spread out over 260 square miles. Attempts to upgrade public transit by the central authorities in LA proper have … Continue reading Suburban. Comma. Transit.
I’m not the kind of person who gets all weepy about the plight of the poor and oppressed. On the other hand, poverty is something I understand from direct personal experience. When I was a kid my family was homeless for a period of time. We lived in a car, took sponge baths in gas … Continue reading Valerie’s House
I just discovered two amazing blogs and I really want everyone I know to check them out. First, Up In The Valley. As a native son of Los Angeles I only dream of taking photos like these since they capture the texture, sadness, and freakish beauty of the city. And the commentary alternates between poignant and … Continue reading “Yo No Soy Una Puta Mierda”