Introduction by William H. Fain, Jr., FAIA
Inevitably, all visitors to Los Angeles discover that the automobile defines the L.A. experience. Unlike in New York or London, for instance, where complex networks of subways and buses provide access to nearly all points of interest throughout the city, in Los Angeles one must rely on one’s own navigation and driving skills to get from point to point. Thus, more often than not, visitors to Los Angeles spend much of their time in the city’s often-frustrating vast freeway system, away from the ground and the most endearing aspects of the place. Cruising LA, a driver’s companion guidebook to Los Angeles, replaces the frustration that is unique to touring L.A. with an expertly guided five-day driving route that exposes one to the most scenic neighborhoods Los Angeles has to offer, revealing the culture, architecture, and stunning landscape features that comprise the draw that brings so many visitors to L.A. to begin with.
Balcony Press’ unique guide to architectural styles by neighborhood provides total immersion in your favorite period. Go back in time to West Adams Victorian, Pasadena Craftsman and Hollywood Deco or experience the L.A. of today with Venice Vernacular and Silver Lake Modern enhanced with restaurant choices that add to the flavor of the drive.
“Nowhere in the United States but Los Angeles does a city have a collection of neighborhoods with such distinctly differing architectural styles: Boston is Federalist brick; Miami Beach, Art Deco; San Francisco, stick Victorian. Other styles in these cities are unheard of. Each of the five neighborhoods included in Cruising LA reflects a distinct notion about the ‘good life’.” -William H. Fain Jr., FAIA Partner, Johnson Fain