Little Tokyo / Occidental Weekly

[Oxy Weekly] Riding the Gold Line: Guide to Little Tokyo

For students who want the perfect one stop destination via the Gold Line, Little Tokyo is for you. You could spend days and days discovering the wonders of this Japanese neighborhood. Food, shopping, culture and more is all here…and within walking distance!… Continue reading

Downtown / LA Times / Little Tokyo

[LA Times] First person: The streets are alive

“What brings you downtown?” the waitress asks as she seats me on a patio shadowed by the skyscrapers on Bunker Hill.
I hear this question often. “Actually, I live here,” I say, trying not to sound smug. “Just down the hill.”

“Oh!” the waitress chirps in surprise. After all, most of the restaurant patrons work in the neighboring office buildings on Grand Avenue or Hope Street. They may stop in for a drink before heading home to a house on a grassy lot fringed with oleander and bougainvillea, but they don’t live here…. Continue reading

Boyle Heights / Chinatown / Downtown / East LA / LA Times / Little Tokyo / LOS ANGELES / Northeast LA / Urban Issues

[Oxy Weekly] An Oxy Student’s Guide to the Metro Gold Line Extension

As the Metro Gold Line’s sleek train approaches Union Station, the east-bound passengers waiting on the platform come to attention. Giggling teenage girls with studded lips and bright fuscia hair stop smacking their chewing gum. A young guy, shaking his head to the sound of his earphones, grips his skateboard more tightly to his chest. Another man, jeans splattered with white paint, firmly guides his bicycle. A woman in an electric wheelchair moves forward down the platform. They are all headed East…. Continue reading