English 101 +
People’s Guide Entry
The Assignment (600-800 words)
Choose a neighborhood somewhere in L.A. county and write your own guidebook
entry. You CAN use the same neighborhood you researched for essay three, though
you should not simply replicate the information you presented on that paper. You
should model your entry off of
A People’s Guide to Los Angeles.
First, write a brief
introduction/overview of your neighborhood. Then, choose three to five locations to
discuss which have a social/historical significance to your chosen neighborhood.
Include a map that places these locations in relationship with one another. List 4-6
“Nearby Sites of Interest” and “Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants.” Lastly, list your
research in a “To Learn More” section.
Write a brief introduction of your neighborhood. Your job here is to give an
overview of the neighborhood that creates an alternative narrative that will be
supported by the places you choose to highlight. This includes providing a historical
overview and explaining how this neighborhood fits in to a bigger picture of Los
What are the places in your neighborhood that are especially significant? DO NOT
simply look at other guide-books to see which restaurants or clubs are the most
reputable. Instead, focus on locations that may often be overlooked but which have a
historical/social significance that helps define your neighborhood. Explain the
significance of these locations and provide pictures/relevant images of your chosen
location or important people. What makes these locations so important and why
might they often be overlooked?
Nearby Sites of Interest:
List 4-6 Nearby sites of interest in your entry. Provide name, address, contact
information, website and a brief overview of this site and it’s significant. These are
meant to be very brief.
Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants:
List 4-6 neighborhood restaurants/eateries that are significant in your
neighborhood. These need not be five star restaurants. Rather, these are likely the
places that locals know of and frequent. These are likely not chains or brand new
businesses. These are the places that have stood the test of time. Pulido tends to
comment not only on the food, but also on the roles these places may play in
fostering diversity etc. You can do the same.
To Learn More:
List the sources you consulted in this section of your guide. Use MLA format.