Los Angeles: A geographic oddity

/ By Tamieka Briscoe / Home to nearly 4 million people, Los Angeles is well-known for having a diverse population. A lesser known fact is that the geographical distribution of Los Angeles proves to be diverse as well. With temperatures averaging in the low 60s during the winter months when many of the major Midwest…

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Kamasi Washington: Reviving West Coast jazz with every lick

/ By Jackie Brennan / Kamasi Washington and his band came up in the LA music scene by playing sets on the DJ night and goth club circuit. Today, the fusion tenor saxophonist is widely considered one of the vanguards of Los Angeles’s resurging jazz community. His debut studio record—a 172-minute tour de force, recorded…

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“We have an Upswell!”

/ By Marie LeBlanc and Christian Clansky / Last week in Los Angeles, as the first Upswell Lab attempted to wrap up, an enthusiastic buzz echoed through the Center at Cathedral Plaza. While it was quite clear that a two-hour Lab might not be long enough (more on that shortly), it was also obvious that…

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What the heck is an Upswell Lab?

A phrase you’ll hear a lot is that “we’re building Upswell from the ground up.” So, what (the heck!) does that mean? One thing that it definitely doesn’t mean is that we’re just winging it. Quite the opposite, in fact. As a starting point, we have a wealth of information – from in-depth interviews, zany…

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Upswell LA’s host city takes the gold for data use

/ By Debra Rainey / Which city recently won the gold for use of data to help improve the lives of its residents – and also happens to be your destination city for Upswell LA? Yes, the City of Angels, Los Angeles, was the only city to receive a gold certification in January 2018 from…

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Los Angeles’s Downtown Women’s Center

/ By Robert Jones / Practically every city in America has a homeless problem, but nowhere is it more concentrated or more visible than in the 54 blocks of Los Angeles known as Skid Row. Experts say there are upwards of 10,000 people sleeping on the street here every night – the entire population of…

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