Riverside Drive Orange Drive

What Does Building Character Even Mean?

Paul Diahy

I’m from New Jersey. I just moved to L.A. six months ago. I like it a lot. The people are cooler. The food is good, especially the taco trucks.

I valet cars at the Roosevelt Hotel. I take Metro because I left my car back East, and I’m saving up to buy a motorcycle.

I love going up the escalator at the Red Line station on Hollywood and Highland. It’s cool for a second—but then there are too many people everywhere taking pictures.

Sometimes on the train I’ll think about how I’m not as successful as I want to be. Someone told me that all my experiences build character, but what does that even mean?

Map: Riverside Drive to Orange Drive