One month ago, I asked if anyone knew what neighborhood my new apartment is in. The answer? SiFi, a newly coined phrase in the comments by reader Fred, which I am determined to get into common use by the end of 2007.
However, I did just find out that we’re squarely in the middle of the Rampart neighborhood – according to the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council website. Unfortunately, I was led to that site by a post on LA Voice, asking the “Neighborhood Empowerment” department (DONE) to “put up or shut up“. Mack covered the most salient points in his post, referring to a post from Citywatch LA that describes the failure of DONE to listen to the NCs.
I’d always assumed that the neighborhood empowerment councils were, well, empowered by the City – but LA Voice’s commentary links to several souces that indicate otherwise. Does anyone reading this belong to an NC and have a comment as to how the interaction with the LA City central powers works?
Oh, and I’m still lobbying to call my neighborhood SiFi – Mom almost had a heart attack when I said, “Rampart”, because in her day, Rampart/Westlake was being evacuated for the suburbs and the Valley, where she grew up. In my day, I like to think that the white flight reflex is lessening, and that there’s more to be gained from a cultural mosaic neighborhood than there is to be feared. Maybe going to neighborhood council meetings would educate me on that. Maybe “cultural mosaic” would be a good theme for a DONE symposium.