Yerevan, Los Angeles and the Culture of Public Space

  Last month I travelled to Yerevan, Armenia for two weeks. Each day was filled with dance and music, delicious food, and lots of walking and exploring; it was a true opportunity to recenter and reconnect with my homeland. As both a proud Armenian and a proud Angeleno, traveling between my two “worlds” is a … Continued


Between Two Doors: The Case for Women of Color in Los Angeles

  It was a Friday night, my friends and I were at a nice bar in Downtown Los Angeles. The weather was pleasant so we chose seating on the outside patio. We spoke about our future ambitions and how delicious the food was. As the waiter delivered our drinks, I couldn’t help but notice the … Continued


My Saturday Morning Walk

It was a gorgeous Saturday in Los Angeles and my friend and I were driving around the city, avoiding the freeways, and enjoying the most quintessential way to hang out in Southern California: driving somewhere in your car. A very random and bizarre antique shop on Melrose Ave. in the Hollywood/Larchmont area caught our eye, … Continued


“When Did Echo Park Become So Hip and Happening?”

A short glimpse of the trailer makes clear that, quite expectedly, this film completely masks over the (more often than not) devastating ways gentrification negatively affects longtime residents of neighborhoods like Highland Park, Boyle Heights and Echo Park. In fact, we can say with confidence that this film erases these residents almost entirely, with its swift ownership of the deeply rooted Echo Park community, all while simultaneously illustrating an otherwise “empty,” “new,” “hip, and happening” version of Echo Park.


Los Angeles and San Francisco: Reflections on the “New” Economy

Last month, I attended the book launch of Michael Storper’s The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Professor Storper presented his extensive research and findings to a small crowd of students, faculty and other urbanist nerds. Paired with an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times a few … Continued


“Rent-Seeking” Los Angeles

Does Los Angeles have a “rent seeking” problem? No, I’m not referring to the many, critical housing issues of Los Angeles. In this case, “rent,” refers to “economic rent,” which is income gained through fabricated conditions of exclusivity. For example, if a gardener is willing to work for $12 per hour, but makes $15 per … Continued