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No Place Like LA: Jen, the LA Lady




KPCC listener Jen Kanter (L) and her daughter. Kanter moved to LA from Seattle.
KPCC listener Jen Kanter (L) and her daughter. Kanter moved to LA from Seattle.
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No Place Like LA is our new series that asks transplants and immigrants to LA, "When was the moment you felt that Los Angeles was truly home?"

This is Jen Kanter from Mar Vista's story.

 The moment that I felt like an Angeleno was probably after months of not feeling like an Angeleno.

So I decided to start volunteering around the city, exploring Koreatown, Mid-City, Highland Park, Pasadena.

I think it was probably three or four months after this that I was driving from Santa Monica to Venice on Pacific.

I had a silver Jetta. I rolled down my window, and I had my arm kind of out the window. I was listening to this mixtape that my friend had made for me when I moved from Seattle called Cookie's Mix.

It was an Elton John song, which I think was funny, and it starts, "Blue Jean Baby, LA Lady..."

And I thought, that's me. This is home.

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