Cover feature on the tense last days of the Internet boom in Los Angeles. I was assigned the story during the height of the dot-com gold rush, only to witness most of my sources go bankrupt. The resulting story, the anchor of a package called “LA-Dot-Com,” won a 1999 award from the L.A. Press Club for best feature story.
Published in Los Angeles Magazine in September, 2000
Feature about entrepreneurs who capitalized on the hip reputation of Los Angeles’ Eastside. As the headline said: “Getting rich in an area that prides itself on being the anti-Westside can get complicated. How do you hang on to your street cred when the natives blame you for selling their little piece of boho rhapsody down the river?”
Published in Los Angeles Magazine in September, 1999
Another story of an endangered pop landmark, this one a crumbling roadside attraction in Simi Valley called Bottle Village. I first wrote about the place as a beat news reporter for the Daily news in the Valley but returned with friends a few times afterward – it truly is a a magical, spooky and affecting place. So far, neither the taxman nor the neighbors have managed to bulldoze it, thanks entirely to a group of artsy out-of-towners, God bless ‘em.
Published in Los Angeles Magazine in December 1997