A New Visitor’s Guide to San Pedro and the LA Waterfront

The San Pedro at the LA Waterfront 2018-2019 Visitor’s Guide and Business Directory is now in print and online. The new format has been redesigned to orient San Pedro’s estimated 2 million annual visitors. Back in March, when San Pedro Chamber CEO and Executive Director Elise Swanson asked if I’d be interested in editing it, she wanted my fresh eyes as a new resident to re-envision this annual publication. Thanks Elise: It was a great great experience!

Small World

Initially, I had just about 10 days to rewrite, revise, and update the guide for layout. Chamber staff and volunteers checked my work and updated contact information. Among the hundreds of details I checked and updated, the work was also a crash course in local spelling conventions: “re” for the Warner Grand Theatre” and no possessive apostrophe for Angels Gate. Updates and proofreading took another 8 weeks of back and forth. Ironically, the publisher, Atlantic West in Redondo Beach, has its Atlantic Communications Group headquarters in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, a mile from where I lived in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia until 2016!

Photo Hunt

We wanted to have as many new photos as possible, and I’m not a photographer. At the Harbor Animal Care Center on 957 N Gaffey Street, a spontaneous visit proved to be good timing because volunteer dog photographer Annabelle Villanueva gladly shared a sweet moment between shelter volunteer David Taylor and a recently arrived pit bull named Amelia (see page 41).


Our cover photo of the Korean Bell is a stunner, and I owe an apology to photographer John Mattera, because credit for this photo (and other shots throughout the book) was omitted on the masthead. I apologize for the oversight.

Murals and Waterfront Education

I’ve loved getting to know San Pedro’s LA Waterfront since moving here in 2016. As I edited the book, two ongoing efforts stand out: San Pedro’s burgeoning inventory of outdoor murals,(see page 20,) and the community’s deep dedication to economic development —read training for future jobs! I am excited to keep learning about ongoing success stories at the Port of LA High School POLAHS and the emerging Innovation Campus at AltaSea (page 31).

If you flip or click through the new Visitor’s Guide please let me know what you liked best, and what I could write about next year. Thank you, San Pedro, it is fun getting to know you!

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