LA Blogs Friday Questions: Parts of LA

Friday, August 20, 2004, at 04:16AM

By Eric Richardson

It's part three of the weekly LA Blogs questions. This time Jonah's put together a set of questions about parts of the city.

What city or part of Los Angeles do you live in now?

Downtown, in the "Historic Core." My building on Spring St. was built by a bank in the 1930s, and then converted to apartments in the 1980s.

If you have lived somewhere else in the area, where was it?

For my first three years in LA I lived in the neighborhood right around USC. My first year I was in the dorms, and then for the next two I was in an apartment three blocks north of campus.

Besides where you live now, where else would you want to live in the area?

The beach. I had this grand scheme to live in Manhattan Beach and commute to USC from there, but then I took a job in Pasadena and that whole idea sort of went out the window.

Where would you not want to live?

Any of the non-descript areas that are in-between everything but don't have attractions of their own. I love having such interesting stuff all around me, right within walking distance.

How often do you venture out of your area?

All the time. Downtown has a lot going for it, but it doesn't yet have enough of everything to allow you to not leave. But why would you want to limit yourself like that? LA's so big, and there are so many cool places to go do things.

Where do you usually go when you get out?

When I get out? I don't know that I have a place that I "usually" go, but I try to make it down to Manhattan Beach once a week (if I'm lucky). For movies I probably most often go up to Pasadena.

How far do you work/school from where you live?

Work's something like 20 miles away from downtown. School is just maybe two and a half miles. The commute to work isn't as bad as you would think, though, since the downtown -> Pasadena drive in the morning is against the commute traffic. I wouldn't want to see how long it takes the other way.

Money is no object; Beach, the Hills, the City or Leave?

I really want to live at the beach, but I think right now I love downtown too much to say I'd leave. And if money's no object, there are some insane condos you can buy around here for a million or so.