Why I never/seldom go downtown and never really want to go there. What is downtown for me, a resident of Ocean Park? The Apple store. Maybe. What else is there? Barnes & Noble is said to be leaving, though a new/used bookstore has just opened near 2nd Street. Otherwise, just the same national chains rattling … Continue reading Where is the there, there?
Does our City have a vision for its future? Do the current policies of our City Council, as Mr. Cole suggests, “creatively shape the tides of history” for our small beach town. Is it true that we are using “economic, demographic and technological forces… to maximize public wellbeing and minimize the adverse impacts on people … Continue reading Back to the future
How sad it is to journey to Santa Monica and I can’t find it. The open blue sky hides behind canyon walls I look for glimpses of the sun and the sea, but they are also hard to find. Instead winds tempest through the canyon walls like clothing being torn from a corpse. I wander … Continue reading Lost in an ocean of development
Santa Monica has had a long history of fighting to preserve its architectural heritage in the face of the innumerable pressures that threaten to destroy our architectural past. From the Chain Reaction Sculpture to the Civic Center Auditorium, from the Shotgun House to The Santa Monica Pier, these are all structures that are still with … Continue reading OUR NEXT HISTORIC DISTRICT
Santa Monica has always been a mixed bag. Since 1875, it’s been a breath of fresh air for Los Angeles. It is the ultimate seaside escape for millions of people each year. It was a working class city, occupied by small duplexes and triplexes, with a great deal of economic and racial diversity. Our town … Continue reading It’s Time That Residents Matter!