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Throughout 2009, the Los Angeles Times will produce a series of weekly dispatches, each one a postcard from a different community in Southern California. Tiny Latino neighborhood resisted joining AnaheimBy Tony BarbozaOrange County's unincorporated Colonia Independencia rejected annexation in 2005, but some residents think cityhood would fix blight and gang violence. Anaheim offers to accept properties one by one.
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  • Bringing L.A.'s alleys out of the shadows
    Bringing L.A.'s alleys out of the shadows

    Urban planners re-imagine the city's concrete connectors as community oases, replacing trash and crime with trees, grass and swing sets -- and civic leaders are paying attention.

  • For L.A. man, 93, life is a walk in the park
    For L.A. man, 93, life is a walk in the park

    Sol Shankman is a fixture at Griffith Park, where he has been taking a daily hike for more than three decades. Although his pace has slowed, it sustains him.

  • Hermosa Beach, The Strand
    Hermosa Beach, The Strand

    Dogs and their people stroll the Strand of Hermosa Beach, taking in the panorama of land and sea, cyclists and sunbathers. Welcome to the Hermosa life.

  • Quest for a small park in Hawthorne turns tortuous
    Quest for a small park in Hawthorne turns tortuous

    An activist who grew up near a vacant lot that symbolized blight runs into an array of obstacles in her bid to bring a bit of green to the neighborhood near the 105 Freeway.

  • Orange, Orange Plaza
    Orange, Orange Plaza

    The square-mile Old Towne is California's largest historic district. The barbershop is "circa 1955." The Coba Academy beauty school sign boasts "Creating a World of Beauty Since 1965."

  • Temple City, Las Tunas Drive
    Temple City, Las Tunas Drive

    A pearly gazebo next to City Hall sits atop a pristine lawn along a stretch of Las Tunas Drive dotted with quaint mom-and-pop businesses, noodle houses and Asian bridal stores.

  • Flybys hit too close to home in Hermosa Beach
    Flybys hit too close to home in Hermosa Beach

    In the South Bay community, the debate over aerial advertisements has reached a new high. But compromise is in the air.

  • Newport Harbor, The Canal
    Newport Harbor, The Canal

    If you're cruising Coast Highway in search of the Fun Zone Ferris wheel, remember to turn seaward at the bridge. Otherwise, you'll end up at Fashion Island in a universe where "Newport Coast" means mustard-and-terra-cotta-tinted mega-mansions and "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County" is a...

  • Chefs at Village Kitchen start from scratch
    Chefs at Village Kitchen start from scratch

    The women -- some just out of prison, others recently homeless -- have been given a chance to succeed, learning the techniques of fine cuisine at a Los Angeles cafe operated by a homeless center.

  • North Hollywood, Lankershim Blvd.
    North Hollywood, Lankershim Blvd.

    In the hot sun, Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood spreads out wide and flat, the granite fronts of office buildings glistening in the light. Austere sentinels of palm trees tower over the street.

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