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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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  • Development threatens the funky life of Marina del Rey
    Development threatens the funky life of Marina del Rey

    The locals -- old-timers who live on their little boats -- have a lot to lose as development encroaches.

  • Fairfax Village, Fairfax Avenue
    Fairfax Village, Fairfax Avenue

    Along Fairfax Avenue, storefronts stand crunched together, the traditional adjacent to the trendy. At Solomon's Bookstore, golden menorahs glisten on display and yarmulkes, a sign advertises, can be imprinted. Just steps away, the store called "A Life" displays T-shirts and sneakers in...

  • Gay online soap opera has a serious message
    Gay online soap opera has a serious message

    Funded largely by West Hollywood, the racy Web show promotes safe sex at a time when diagnoses of AIDS and HIV are rising. The target is men too young to recall the disease's early devastation.

  • Downtown Los Angeles, Broadway
    Downtown Los Angeles, Broadway

    Broadway's fortunes have fallen and risen, but landmarks remain. The Grand Central Market is awash with the scent of fish, tortillas, barbecue and ripe vegetables. Outside the International House of Music, an old RCA Victor dog statue stands with its head cocked to hear the music.

  • Gentrification divides Echo Park community in Los Angeles
    Gentrification divides Echo Park community in Los Angeles

    In the battle for the historic area's future, the neighborhood council is ground zero.

  • Riverside, Mission Inn Ave.
    Riverside, Mission Inn Ave.

    Those who have never seen Riverside may picture it in the language of L.A. drive-time radio: Triple digit heat. Foreclosures. Traffic. But unlike some cities on the coast, its 312,000 residents started long ago to transform their downtown rather than dismantle it.

  • Encountering the Integratron in the Mojave Desert
    Encountering the Integratron in the Mojave Desert

    Three sisters take over the dome in Landers, where therapeutic 'sound baths,' time travel and who knows what else are said to be possible.

  • East Los Angeles, Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
    East Los Angeles, Cesar E. Chavez Ave.

    Today, the urban avenue, with its colonial red-tile architecture, has the settled feel of a Mexican Mayberry. It passes the Centro Maravilla county offices, auto parts shops, and East L.A.'s only heated indoor pool, where aging women perform aqua aerobics.

  • Housing downturn is a jolt to upscale Temecula
    Housing downturn is a jolt to upscale Temecula

    In the inland city, sold as a sort of Napa of Southern California, as many as 15% of the 22,500 single-family homes may be bank-owned or in some stage of foreclosure.

  • Koreatown, Western Ave
    Koreatown, Western Ave

    Koreatown can feel like a visual din of symbols. Signs outside tea houses, restaurants and beauty shops are mostly in Korean, mystifying English- and Spanish-speaking commuters idling on car-clogged Western Avenue.

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