Wednesday, July 28, 2010

East Side / West Side

East Side / Sears Tower, Boyle Heights

West Side / Wilshire Boulevard, The Miracle Mile

East Side / 1850 East 1st Street

East Side / 1860 East 1st Street

West Side / 6018 Wilshire Boulevard

West Side / Opposite 6018 Wilshire Boulevard / LACMA Entrance

Within the space of twenty-four hours, I experienced the Los Angeles East Side/West Side cultural divide.

July 29, 2010 / 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Primera Taza Coffee House, 1850 E.
1st Street / Boyle Heights

July 30, 2010 / 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Edward Cella Gallery, 6018 Wilshire
Blvd. / The Miracle Mile

East Side / West Side / North / South Divisions are common in most cities.

"Sidewalks of New York"

"East Side, West Side, all around the town
The kids sang 'ring around the rosie,
London Bridge is falling down' ...
We tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York"

I was raised in Cleveland and lived on the East Side for seventeen years. I never went to the West Side and knew nothing about it. In New York, we lived on 90th between Park and Lex. Our kids went to the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue nursery school on West 68th, but that was our only contact with the West Side. We would drive through the West Side and never stop.

In Paris, the cultural divide is the Left Bank and the Right Bank: Boulevard St. Michel versus the Champs Elysée.

Paris, Boulevard St. Michel

Paris, Champs Elysée.

In London, it's the East End versus West End

"Peter Ackroyd's London: East versus West End"

In Rome, it's the Spanish Steps versus Trastevere.

Rome, Spanish Steps

Rome, Trastevere

East Side / West Side in LA

So, is LA different from any other great city?

You can provide your own answer.

1 comment:

  1. In contrast to the other cities you mentioned, LA has been a bicultural city almost from its foundation and it is still a bicultural city to this day.