i have done quite a few posts of what is outside my backdoor, but this is what is outside my front door. LA! most people imagine beverly hills, beach babes, and celebrities…i would say it is quite the contrary. and as much as i can bitch about living here, there are a lot of things i appreciate about it. it is so culturally diverse, the sun is your best friend, i have a lemon tree in my backyard, and even after ten years of living here i still feel like i live in a different country!
i live somewhere in between echo park and downtown los angeles. across the street from the 101 (it is a lovely song in the morning) and just a few blocks from angeleno heights (the victorian era historic district). i can walk to chinatown, the disney concert hall, grand central market and on and on (however, i drive…i am so LA). i admit, i was a bit scared of my neighborhood at first, but now i love how gritty and eclectic it is, and being so close to downtown LA.
take a right outside my front door and a few blocks west, sits a quaint little park (Vista Hermosa Natural Park) complete with natural vegetation and a soccer field. lots of little treasures await you along the way between loads of suculents and cactus, painted telephone poles, and creepy houses. across from a small corner store nestled between apartment buildings, there is a set of painted stairs that lead up to what is suppose to be an art community. i am pretty sure it is a bit more sketch that that…but i appreciate the idea. i love looking at people’s gardens, old vintage cars sitting behind garage doors, and sometimes pure hoarding. i kind of love that stuff! there are plenty of taco stands around the neighborhood, including the one two doors down in the neighbor’s garage.
sure, pretty much everytime i leave the house i can see a homeless person somewhere on the corner. sure, the helicopters sound like they are landing on your roof due to traffic on the freeways? or crime?…who knows? sure ,the hose was stolen from the front lawn. sure, the high school kids love to sit on our steps and make out or smoke pot. sure, occasionally people go through the garbage and recycling. but hey, that is city living! i got a view outside the front door and a little bit of paradise outside the backdoor!
(note: the sky is a different color in every picture. either, LA is that magical, or i clearly don’t edit with the same formula. 🙂 )
i have had this post pending for a while. i took the photos months ago. it is only fitting that i am posting it now. since, i have been back from Colorado, i feel like i have been looking at LA through the looking glass. often, i forget the memories or the things i love…and yet, i feel full. perhaps, i have eaten enough and what to come is dessert? i have nothing to dish out or admit yet….only talk of what i feel. i have been here before…it is just a matter of what i do with it. will i get hungry for LA, or venture to try something new and delicious? that is the question?