LAist Interview: LACityNerd, Part I
Back in February, I got an e-mail with the subject line, "blog tip." With a link to the blog, all the e-mail said was, "just some information - nothing flashy. Glad to know you. LACN." Overtime, the anonymous LACityNerd became an authority to all things, city of Los Angeles. I don't know who the nerd is. I don't even know if the nerd is a male, female, child or beast. All I know is that I've been within a few feet of the nerd at an event and was never the wiser.
1. What makes one a "city nerd?" Any tips for aspiring city nerds?
A City Nerd is more than someone who knows too much about the City and often times bores friends and family with adventures of riding in police cars, directing traffic, installing red curb or spouting trivia. It's more than just reading about City history or council actions until late into the night. It's more than what Tom LaBonge or Eric Garcetti do - it's working all the time to know as much as possible about the way the city works while at the same time trying to share a passion for the city one believes is the best. I am an LA City Nerd, but one could be a Modesto City Nerd, I guess, if they truly felt their City was superior.
So, yes, in answer to your follow-up question: LA is the best City.
2. What inspired you to just start blogging one day?
A few years ago, I was out with some friends and we were talking about what we knew about the City, and I said, wouldn't it be cool to post all the insider information we know about how the City works. Well, a few months later, the 4th Floor Blogger showed up. No, that wasn't me, but they did what I talked about doing. Then, I figured, after seeing what happened there, that I didn't want to deal with politics. And, by the time i got around to blogging, Mayor Sam was all over that scene. So, I figured I would share the real facts about Los Angeles and portray a City that is true with a real history.
In short: it was something I wanted to do for a while, and decided to start when I finally had the time.
3. Your dream public transit system for LA?
Dream public transit would be a monorail system. It's truly a dream, but it is what would work best. I trust Ray Bradbury, a true Angeleno.
And which leg is really needed most? The 101/405 to LAX - someone get some lightrail/subway/monorail/skybuckets/something into that corridor to & from the Valley!