What ELSE Travel Writers are Saying About Us
Last night I was casually checking out what various travel websites had to say about the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Most of the summaries in Frommers sounded like this:
Silver Lake, a residential neighborhood just north of Downtown and adjacent to Los Feliz (home to the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Park), just to the west, has arty areas with unique cafes, theaters, graffiti, and art galleries -- all in equally plentiful proportions. The local music scene has been burgeoning of late.
OK, maybe this summary is a little out-of-date for the published date of 2006, but it's just fine. Then I hit this summary, and it blew my mind:
East and South Central L.A., just east and south of Downtown, are home to the city's large barrios. This is where the 1992 L.A. riots were centered. It was here, at Florence and Normandie avenues, that a news station's reporter, hovering above in a helicopter, videotaped Reginald Denny being pulled from the cab of his truck and beaten. These neighborhoods are, without question, quite unique, though they contain few tourist sites (the Watts Towers being a notable exception). This can be a rough part of town, so avoid looking like a tourist if you decide to visit, particularly at night.
What What WHAAAAT? East LA and South Central are home to the city's large barrios? Are Boyle Heights and Baldwin Hills barrios?
With all of the museums, parks, murals, restaurants, music, entertainment, architecture and rich history these huge chunks of LA have to offer, the focus is on Reginald Denny? And why would you even lump together two such geographically disparate areas? I understand categories like "The Beaches" or "The Westside." But what could the "unique" areas of East LA and South LA possibly have in common? Oh, right, they are "The Barrios." But that's alright. You should expect this kind of thing from backwards little out-of-touch websites like last year's FROMMERS.
(Photo of house in South LA where Tom Bradley lived for the first few years that he was mayor of the city by Elise Thompson for LAist)