There’s been lots of mention today of the LA Times map, a work in progress that attempts to define the various neighborhoods in this city. Of particular interest to many of us on this blog, and of course, many people East of the river, was their designation of the region known for a long, long, time as the Eastside. I have to hand it to them, they did the smart thing and stuck with a safe approach, with only Lincoln Heights, El Sereno, and Boyle Heights making the list. Mind you, we all know that East Los Angeles (the unincorporated part of the County) is also part of the Eastside, but it’s not part of the city proper so that makes sense. But Eastside it is, through and through. To the map makers, I raise my glass and toast you some light praise.
Even though Highland Park and some other nearby neighborhoods were appropriately placed in the Northeast region it could be open to some interpretation of it sorta being on the Eastside. I don’t really think so, but it’s possible. But the Northeast and Highland Park are not having an identity crisis, so there’s really no need to figure out if it is or isn’t.
But speaking of identity crisis…
… it’s starting to look like the days of the revisionist map makers are over! Echo Park and Silver Lake? They’re in Central aka Metro. Oh No! The eastside rug gets pulled out from under them, and they stumble their way into silence. You’ve known the stance at LA Eastside, we speak our mind. But they’ve all told us how boring this whole Eastside “debate” has been, while they do their part to pick their side.
And they all continue to pretend like they don’t see us.
Hey la.curbed, how’s it hanging? Are you all planning to mount a defense? Oh, right, we no longer exist.
But your buddy Jesus Sanchez, (with the aggregator site named oddly similar to ours) he’ll toe your line nicely. His response? To question the Eastside designation and the rest of the maps based on some technicality about Glendale Blvd. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Neighborhoods can jump rivers and freeways, catapult over Elysian Park and El Centro, but not over one Glendale Blvd. Now that’s just too arbitrary! Que pura fucking lastima.
Que pasa over at eastsidelivingla, Beige? How’s the “cross-promotion” link exchange you emailed about going? Do you still “welcome my input”? Well then, here goes: since you “would love to include any voices [I] think are missing” why not include your own explanation regarding this new, yet old Eastside, and where you fit in? “This is your forum, too — and someday might just be an effective and serviceable one for your message(s) or interests.” Yup, actual quotes.
None of those on this list will go on record to defend or explain their reasons for supporting this recently popular notion of “eastside” that’s only east of the westside, other than to refer to their friends and other newbies they know using that term. But that almost seems appropriate.
Last summer some LA Eastside authors got together for a ritual burning of some fake ass “eastside” shopping maps and some collaborative casting of curses, which is obviously starting to bear fruit.
FYI, part of the reason for this very site was due to anger at this offhand dismissal of those communities East of the river that many of us know and love, and for the wholesale theft of our name. There’s been lots of condescending attempts to tell us there’s a New Way now, Man, we just moved in and have different far out, “fluid” ideas! Don’t be an Eastside “essentialist”, let us into your gritty club, dude! That, or just STFU about your old notion of the Eastside.
And though we’ve been battling in the trenches for quite some time, we finally got some LA Times reinforcements. And they brought in the big guns!
Oh Patt Morrison, can you do no wrong? You’re so smart, and sassy, and funny, and know how to slam people into the ground in one fell swoop!
Sure, your definition of the Eastside might be a matter of debate, at least it’s near some logical parameters of interpretation, but you certainly lay down the law on where the Eastside is Not! And you bring down that furious hammer with a vengeance!
All the city’s street numbers — east, west, north, south — begin at 1st and Main downtown; it is Greenwich, the prime meridian of L.A., from which all distances are measured. And ever since the Spanish showed up, “Eastside” has been anything east of the Los Angeles River — Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, Glassell Park. Not Silver Lake. Not even Echo Park.
Let’s not quibble on the little things, the fact is that you are on our side! Pow Pow Boom! Comandante Morrison, presente!
Can someone put in an order for a Mission Accomplished banner?