Making Sense of the Sprawl

THERE ARE many people I know who arm wrestle verbally about L.A.

You know.

The best road. The best surf. The best sunset.

We trade in shortcuts: Insider knowledge of hideaways and the shifting ground of history — where one spot can convey seven stories — a set of nesting dolls — all about one slice of Los Angeles.

But as many Angelenos understand, there isn’t one Los Angeles. How you view Los Angeles, how you understand Los Angeles, how you navigate Los Angeles all depends on not just where you’re rooted in the city but just how.

A piece I wrote many months ago, “Putting Los Angeles Back Together,” about Hidden L.A., a website/blog/Facebook page dedicated to examining Los Angeles in all of its contours, is now up here at Boom


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