Thursday, January 31, 2013

KCRW Examines L.A.'s Eastside/Westside Smackdown


KCRW is wading into Los Angeles' Eastside/Westside battles. According to the station's Which Way LA? blog, the radio show will enter the fray and devote an hour-long episode to our divided city on February 6. Details:

Which is better? The Eastside or the Westside? We want to hear from you and get your comments on air!

Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu used to be synonymous with West Coast creativity, and free-spirited living (think Venice artists, Frank Gehry and the Santa Monica architects, beach-inspired artists/surfers/musicians). But pricey real estate has driven creative Angelenos east, first to Silverlake and Echo Park, then to downtown, Highland Park, Eagle Rock and beyond. This has given rise to strongly held opinions and prejudices among a subset of Angelenos about which side is superior — from the perspective of the arts, multicultural relations, urban living, essential LA-ness and hipster levels relative to New York.

On an hour-long broadcast of Which Way LA?, airing on February 6, we are going to explore this Eastside-Westside rivalry with a knockdown, drag-out fight between listeners and invited guests from both sides of the argument, as well as a few voices from parts of town that are neither Eastside nor Westside and don’t know what the fuss is all about.

You know where our loyalties lie, as we proudly live East of the Los Angeles River and spend much of our weekends in either Eagle Rock or Atwater Village (or, lately, Highland Park). Viva la Eastside! (Well, particularly, Viva la Northeast Side!)

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