Blog focuses on undocumented immigrant family in L.A. [Updated]
Two reporters are embedding themselves for a year with a family of undocumented immigrants from Mexico to gain a better understanding of L.A. and report on neighborhoods more accurately.
The first-person narrative is only one portion of the project. Another core goal will be proper neighborhood news reporting for various outlets. [Devin] Browne, who also runs MacArthur Park Media and has reported for LA Weekly, KPCC and Marketplace, plans stories with [Kara] Mears on the fake ID economy, storefront churches, panaderias and the prostitutes who work in them and mobile dental clinics.
[Updated at 12:09 p.m.: A previous version of this post spelled Browne's first name incorrectly.]
Some other interesting L.A.-area items around the Web:
California City – a virtual ghost town: This past weekend, a group of tourists took a trip to California City – a pretty much abandoned and undeveloped suburb in the desert about 100 miles outside Los Angeles. Good magazine reports:
In 1958, developer Nat Mendelsohn purchased 80,000 acres of land 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. He had a dream of turning the parched parcel into the third-largest city in California, which, in a way, it is -- in land area only.
San Onofre nudists in trouble: The Orange County Register reports that patrons of a traditionally nude beach are getting citations:
(Andres) Garza, a Los Angeles resident who visits the park on occasion to sunbathe nude, appears to be the first person to receive the citation, a misdemeanor that can total up to about $500, including fees.
Downtown eyesores: Downtown News has a list of what it is calling "Downtown's 10 Worst Eyesores." Here is an excerpt:
This shuttered, 13-story property at the southwest corner of Eighth and Olive streets occupies a key location on the border of the Fashion District and South Park. ... Previous renovation plans were thwarted by infighting among partners and later, the economy, said co-owner Bruce Kianmahd.
-- Anthony Pesce
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