In December 1922, local newspapers announced that the small coastal town of Santa Barbara would soon be graced by its first “skyscraper.” The California Theater Company had purchased property in the 1200 block of State Street with the intention of constructing an eight-story, multi-use building, designed with the performing arts in mind.
Many say that anything that touches LA is equivalent to LA, meaning that there are no distinct neighborhoods – that one part of LA is as indistinct as the next. That’s something of a myopic bird’s eye view, if there can be such a thing, because LA is not merely a mass of concrete and parkways, but is actually a never-ending series of interconnected neighborhoods, each with their own subtle charms, highpoints and lowpoints. What makes the discerning traveler savvy, is his or her ability to optimize their time in the upcoming neighborhoods of the town their visiting. Enter Los Feliz – LA’s upcoming neighborhood hotspot. You might not find it on any tour of LA, but it’s without a doubt one of the coolest upcoming ‘hoods in the City of Angels.
Los Angeles has many things. Here you’ll find Hollywood, amusement parks, beachfronts, shopping, beachfront shopping, fishing, hiking – the list goes on. Really, just about anything in the world can be had in LA, and the city boasts some pretty unbelievable weather to boot. But one thing that is often overlooked but shouldn’t be is the fact that Los Angeles has some pretty amazing architecture, and that makes for some pretty great tours of the city.
People don’t often associate Long Beach with gardens and parks, but that’s just because Long Beach is famous for other things – most notably, being close to Los Angeles. There are a few great tours of LA from Long Beach that highlight the best of LA, but Long Beach has got its own charms in its own right – and one of these charms are its gardens and parks.
Heading out and about in Los Angeles is a bit of tricky scene. Not because there’s a lack of things to do – far from it, Los Angeles has a ton of great things to do at arm’s reach – but there are so many great drinking spots in town that it really just boils down to where you particularly feel like going.
What comes with technology’s inexorable march forward? When we gain advancements, what happens to that newly-dubbed low-fidelity tech that once held such a dear place in our hearts? Does it disappear forever, or does it find its own, new-found niche amongst other curios and kitsch? The periodical succumbs to the eReader, hand-written letters get fired-off as hastily-strewn emails, and what was once an LP/cassette/CD is now downloadable on your handheld device and available at the flick of the wrist. So it would seem that there would be little need for music stores nowadays, but in the same way that an eReader can’t quite fully replace the loveable lo-fi of the newspaper, so too are there needs that music stores alone cannot sate. Hence, the survival (and growth) of Amoeba Music.
Los Angeles is not an easily defined city. Marked by its sheer size and almost runaway growth, the city itself incorporates some truly staggering numbers – both in population size and square footage. And with those numbers comes a wide array of cultures, style, and the feel of a modern, hustling, bustling, vibrant city. Luckily, that mélange of human experience tends to churn out some pretty fantastic music, so if you’re in town and are looking for something to do in LA, consider catching a show to be at the top of that list.
Los Angeles is celebrity central. Thanks to Hollywood there are all sorts of places you can visit and be starstruck in LA. Some go-to spots are just a given. There’s the iconic Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the famous cement hand and footprints in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. But there are touches of Hollywood woven throughout Southern California. Not necessarily hidden, just not as well-known and in places you just sometimes forget to look.
Playing tourist in Los Angeles can be a star-studded experience. Celebrity sightings often come with bragging rights, but for a true picture of the workings of Tinseltown, leave Hollywood Boulevard behind and head to Warner Bros. Studios.
Los Angeles is a big city (about 4 million in Los Angeles proper at last estimate), but that doesn’t mean that the best parts of the city are just jumping out at you – far from it. First-time visitors to the city might imagine that Sunset and Hollywood are great places to hang out – but a quick drive down either of these boulevards will tell you otherwise. So where are the great places to stay and check out in LA?