L.A., Where the World Convalesces

Today, It’s Chinese Health Tourists. A Century Ago, It Was American Consumptives Coming for the Sunshine.

The historical record is full of such stories: He moved to Los Angeles “for health reasons.” She relocated to Southern California “for her health.” Booster rhymes of the late 19th and early 20th century tripped off the tongue: come to Los Angeles for health and for wealth.

And come they did, especially following the arrival of the railroads in the 1870s and 1880s, amidst the pathos of collective coughing, and spitting, and shortness of breath. Tuberculars, thousands of them, but others, too, with all manner of pulmonary or respiratory trouble, …

You’re a Hotel, California. So Act Like It.

If We Want a Thriving State, Then We Need To Lure In Visitors With Hospitality 101

“I hate the [expletive] Eagles,” declares Jeff Bridges as the stoner-turned-detective hero of The Big Lebowski, the classic Coen brothers film study of Los Angeles.

But even if you aren’t a …

Back in Colombia—and on the Gringo Trail

Coming of Age in Bogotá Felt Special. Now People Are Flocking to My Narnia.

Victor Cañas is sitting on an old wooden bench in the shade across from Bar Quindio, a pool hall lined with waist-to-ceiling windows that opened 90 years ago—about the time he …