I am Irvine.
I grew up in Westpark, the neighborhood between Culver and Warner avenues a few miles north of where the 5 and 405 freeways meet. My first-grade classroom and my undergrad lecture hall at University of California, Irvine are only about 4 miles apart.
“Don’t you want to leave? Why didn’t you go away for college?” people ask when they hear that I got my bachelor’s degree last year from the university in the same Orange County city where I grew up.
The simple answer is: I like Irvine. Irvine is …