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72 Suburbs in Search of a City

This famous quote by Dorothy Parker reminded me that as a result of my recent move I keep hearing this question from friends and family: How big exactly is Los Angeles? There’s no simple answer. In other countries, there seems to be an ongoing consolidation among neighboring communities. Not so in the L.A. area. Therefore I will be writing “city of Los Angeles” to mean the...

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles

One of the reasons that I put this blog on hold in June of 2012 was that the all-consuming task of purchasing a condominium in Los Angeles made it impossible to set aside the time necessary for blogging. When we started to visit properties up for sale in the city, we were still renting a house in Claremont on the easternmost edge of Los Angeles county. We had been trying for many years...

Walking In L.A.

For those who think that L.A. is all cars and freeways and traffic jams, there are two surprises:   First, believe it or not, there is public transportation in the L.A. area. It is rather limited, no doubt, and subscribing to the Metrolink tweets (@Metrolink) can be a disheartening experience, especially if you expect your commuter trains to run on time – or to run, for that...