More about LA
The lettering on the Santa Monica pier doesn't
make any sense. There are no fishing boats which leave from
Although you can
fish off the pier, thanks to the pretty sucessful "Save
campaign, a lot of people are still skeptical
of eating anything out of Santa
Fishing" usually involves a boat. And although sitting on
the end of a pier, with a rod is both fishing and a sport, it's
not exactly "Sport Fishing"
Second, the breakwater was washed out to sea
a while ago, and all the moorings were abandoned, so there really
is no yachting or boating per se going on at the pier. So calling
it much of a yacht harbor, isn't too applicable.
However the Santa Monica pier is a cultural fixture.
And one of the things in LA with some sort of history, that hasn't
dissapeared. So it's only fitting to use this as an example of
what might be wrong with LA
A cannibal that devours it's own history.
If Los Angeles is, as some
have said, a cannibal that devours its own history, then the Ambassador
Hotel where RFK was shot, is the foot du jour.
How it came to this, no one can say
with certainty. Chalk it up to changing times and changing tastes.
Los Angeles is a town that likes to tear itself down, at a rate of
about three buildings a day, The Los Angeles Times reported in a study
last year. Los Angeles sits far back in the line of major cities that
have documented their architectural past
Angeles is so consumed by its desire to be the city of the tomorrow,
that is has a past, said Ken Bernstein, director of preservation
the Los Angeles Conservancy, which is leading the fight to save
at least significant portions, if not all, of the Ambassador
"What happens with the hotel is a defining moment for Los Angeles," Mr.
Bernstein said. "Will we see it as an asset for the future?
Or treat it as another piece of disposable history?"
Dallas has made a museum of the book
repository from which Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have shot President
John F. Kennedy. Memphis has preserved the Lorraine Motel, where King
was killed. Why does Los Angeles insist on destroying its monuments,
Mr. Bernstein asked.
Site May Vanish in the City of the Young," Charles LeDuff, NYTimes
6/6/03 - Full article
A city without a memory
LA is often "rightfully so" said to
be a city without a memory,
La La land, LA is the home of Disneyland, the pinnacle
of the fake envornment.
It's been called Lotus land, where Odyseuss's men
forgot about what they were supposted to be doing, falling under the
spell of the narcotic plant.
LA is a city built on fabricated dreams, what other
place could be where the rockets that took the men to the moon, and
where movies which provide such an intoxicating escape from the reality
that is our lives are. A city of actors and scientists. A city with
a diverse spectra of ethnic enclaves. A city without a center.
A city that counts itself as the home of religious
revivals, the Pentacostals got their start here on Azusa Street, but
also where Hefner, Flynt, and a thousand other more obscene pornographers
wares to the world.
The fact that LA is a city without a
memory is also a good thing, in that it can re-invent itself. It
is not stuck
in the past it's not hindered by trying to conform to a historical
memory which never really existed in the first place. Of course it's
built on fantasy, but you realize that those fantasies become peoples
dreams, which inspires them to invent new things which change the
world. Is it any wonder that Silicon Valley, and Hollywood would come