FOR OUR last night of class this evening, I’ve asked my L.A. Stories class to consider what they think about when they think about Los Angeles — in other words, does L.A. have a spirit? What is its sense of place? For me, a child of the city, and trading it with summers in a place that had a deep, rich history (New Orleans) L.A. felt particularly “young” and temporary. it’s what I think about when I see these buildings — “dingbats” — these transitional spots where young people or newcomers land as they set up their lives here.
The “terraces” or “gardens” or “arms” or “courts” or what have you, were always a puzzlement to me because often they didn’t have them — just a name — and it required a very vivid imagination to try to connect the fanciful title to the actuality.
We’ll see what the rest of them come up with.