I’m a Survivor Of Koreatown’s Test Prep Despots

On the Bad Side, the Classes Were Terrifying. On the Good Side, They Made the SAT Fun By Comparison.

On the first day of my SAT prep class in L.A.’s Koreatown in the summer of 2012, I arrived at what appeared to be an office building, with dark glass windows and a security guard at the door looking bored out of his mind.

As I signed in for the Elite Educational Institute class in a room that looked like an enormous dentist’s office, a widescreen TV directly behind the reception desk showed interview testimonials from kids who, according to graphics on screen, had scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT …

The Jewish Heart of L.A. Lives in Koreatown

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Newly Restored Sanctuary Is Astonishing. So Is the History of the Congregation.

Angelenos regularly travel thousands of miles abroad to view imposing, inspiring edifices, yet we have such a place right here in our city: Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s newly restored sanctuary. This …

An Election Day in the Life of KTown

Zócalo Captures Photos of the Polling Places In Our Neighborhood

If you’re going to the polls today, take care to make your vote count (see Robert Benedetti’s piece for a few tips). Meanwhile, as we wait for results from across six …

Maria’s “Fruta Fresca” Stand

Where the Perfect Mango Comes with Lime Juice, Chili Powder, and a Dash of Nostalgia

Maria’s “Fruta Fresca” stand is usually parked on Wilshire right outside Zócalo Public Square’s global headquarters in K-Town. The smiling but inscrutable Oaxaquense always manages to have the perfect mango, …