MacArthur Park: Unraveling Hidden Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a city of hundreds of neighborhoods and hundreds of languages, and the cultures that go along with them. From Venice to Garvanza to Shadow Hills to San Pedro (and everything between), we live within a plethora of diversity. But one thing that is missing from this polyglot metropolis are the stories coming out of all these places.
Often, neighborhood-specific blogs and websites draw out tales that help us understand the fabric that makes up a community. One example is blogdowntown, which covers the ever-growing city center's politics, development, people and culture with depth and professionalism. Not every neighborhood is so lucky. Take the subway one stop outside downtown to MacArthur Park/Westlake and you'll be in a neighborhood everyone has heard about--Mama's Hot Tamales, the large illegal immigrant population, Donna Summer's disco hit, LAPD's May Day Melee, the new band shell, fake I.D.s and so much more--but it's also a neighborhood seldom understood.
That's about to change.
Meet Devin Browne and Kara Mears. The two self-proclaimed white reporters--"maybe the whitest people we know," as they say--have embedded themselves with a family of eight undocumented Mexican residents to, in part, "learn Spanish so that we can better report our native city."