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Not Bowling Alone: How the Holiday Bowl in Crenshaw Became an Integrated Leisure Space

In May 2000, the New York Times reported the upcoming demolition of the Crenshaw District’s Holiday Bowl. Built by Japanese American investors in 1958, just as Crenshaw and neighboring Leimart Park were reemerging as one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods, the bowling alley served as an integrated leisure space where African, Mexican, and Asian Americans could interact. 3,007 more words

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London has grown too big for its current boundaries

Is it time to redraw the map of London to reflect the reality of its huge economic pull on the wider south-east? New data released last week show what an even “greater” London might look like. 478 more words

Explosive Summer Lovin' Part Deux

Here is the second part of the some of the photos I took on Saturday night at the International Fireworks Competition.

Gawd, I am loving this summer :-)


Falling in Love with London

There had been similar situations before, but this time was different.  This time I fell hard and fast, head over heels.

I was in love.  I was eight years old, and I was immediately, hopelessly, in love with London. 326 more words


Gently Lit

Is it a visual effect crafted by mirrors, gilt and a single fixture, or something more?

We’re back at Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera House, where the sense of the theatrical is not confined to the stage. 28 more words



Barcelona’s Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is situated in a building known as the Palaau Nacional of Montjuïc, which gives the impression of a majestic, enchanted castle; think Cinderella rushing down one of the exterior staircases. 31 more words