Greater Los Angeles Area      

The following is a compendium of internet resources useful to the student of scriptures.

California Stories (California Council for the Humanities)  – Current initiative that funds documentaries and oral histories in California for the purpose of strengthening community life in the state. Resource-rich site includes dozens of descriptions of present and past projects, a how-to manual for conducting oral histories with a release form, and online exhibits.

Generations: Making a Life in South Los Angeles  – A community heritage project by the Southern California Library for Social Sciences and the Humanities. Site includes guides to the library’s resources on South Los Angeles, especially its culture and art.

Gentrification in LA’s Chinatown (Asian American Movement Ezine)  – A brief version of a forthcoming book on the topic, an exploration of upward mobility’s impact on a major cultural and ethnic center of the city.

Gospel Postcards and LA Grafitti  – Commercial site with images of scriptural grafitti in Los Angeles.

Inland Mexican Heritage – Community-based organization committed to the historical preservation of Mexican settlements in inland Southern California, including an ethnographic multimedia exhibition on the Interstate 10’s impact on communities, politics and the environment. The IMH archive, now under construction, will be an online resource with images, audio, video, and interview transcripts from IMH projects.

Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center  (via United Way LA)– Provides statistical information about Los Angeles, including homelessness, poverty, housing, education, ethnic diversity, and immigration.

Los Angeles Almanac – Self-described "most comprehensive source about Los Angeles and Los Angeles County on the Internet." Information arranged topically, including maps and photographs.

Los Angeles Murals  – Contains hundreds of mural images, categorized by neighborhood and accompanied by artist information.

Los Angeles Now  – Contains information, multimedia, transcripts, and press related to the film Los Angeles Now, which is a portrait of L.A. as the most multicultural city in the history of the world. The film considers the city as a diagnostic for other urban centers in terms of diversity and shifting histories. See also City Projects

Los Angeles Past Present Future - Find historical images and information about Southern California. The mostly external links are screened for quality and helpfully summarized.

Los Angeles Studies  – Article from the journal City and Society that reviews selected research in the emerging field of L.A. studies.

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles  – Offers guided tours and printable maps of public murals in the Los Angeles area. Includes images and comprehensive list of murals, organized alphabetically by title/subject and by neighborhood. Muralists also listed alphabetically.

PBS: American Families – Companion site to the television series offers an interactive tour of East Los Angeles and a rich list of web resources on Latino history in the U.S.A. and East L.A. in particular. Also includes guides for primary and secondary schoolteachers that connect students to avenues of cultural reflection and expression.

RUT: Rural Urban Theory – Sub-titled ‘Writings on the Modern Urban Condition,’ this site houses numerous Los Angeles-themed essays, many of which are extended (i.e., thesis-length) and contain photographs.

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) - The organization produces and preserves public art in Los Angeles and offers educational resources. With free registration, users can access SPARC’s Mural Image Collection, searchable by site, project and keyword.

Street Gangs Resource Center  - Maintained by a street gangs researcher, this site centers on Los Angeles gang politics, offering maps, images, articles, and news updates.

The Resistible Rise of the L.A. School - Introduction to the emergence of Los Angeles-identified urban sociology. Now available in print: Dear, Michael and Steven Flusty, "The Resistable Rise of the L.A. School," in From Chicago to L.A.: Making Sense of Urban Theory, ed. Michael J. Dear, 3-16.

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