Wednesday, October 27, 2004
imported green bananas
i'm in los angeles for an undetermined length of time. not for fun and not for profit, and with lots and lots of downtime (perfect conditions for blogging). since my mindset and location are hardly tropical, i thought i'd create a new blog for the mainland spell.
the title refers to the original farmers market in los angeles, built in 1934 at said address. it is basically a collection of produce and food stands, restaurants, and retail shops, but more than that, it is one of the few places in la where tourists and locals intermingle comfortably and frequently. no mean feat in a city propelled by the entertainment industry that seemingly despises its target audience (and is despised right back). it is an oasis, a nostalgic throwback in the middle of trendy developments, tony malls, gnarled traffic, and overwhelming humanity.
it is not technically the heart of the city, but it is the center of my city--my neighbourhood joint, the center of how far north, south, west, and east i regularly venture. so meet me at the corner of third and fairfax, and we'll go on from there.