Our Authentic Bay Area

September 17th, 2015 |
Our Authentic Bay Area We asked our staff for suggestions of authentic Bay Area experiences for visitors and those new to the area. ELS is very proud of the places we call home, and we hope that everyone visiting the Bay Area will take time to explore the authentic and unique locales listed here. Operating from a single studio in… more

Westward Ho

November 1st, 2012 |
“I left my home in Georgia, headed for the ’Frisco Bay…”—Otis Redding Mr. Redding’s song is about loneliness and exhaustion, but for me, the journey from Atlanta to Berkeley has been quite the opposite. So many notable authors, comedians, and politicians, from Kerouac to Bill Clinton to Woody Allen, have opined about California’s greatness and flakiness that I decided to… more

Portland Wanderings

The official nickname of Portland, Oregon, is the elegant “City of Roses,” a term apparently first used to describe the city by visitors to an 1888 Episcopal Church convention.  But Portland has a number of other identities: the obvious “Bridgetown,” a nod to the many bridges crossing the Willamette and Columbia Rivers; the earthy “Stumptown,” coined in the 1840s after… more

Postcard from South America

The first time I went to Peru, the summer before architecture school, was in 1970. Back then, you could just roll out your sleeping bag and sleep in Machu Picchu. I went back to South America this year with my family to see old friends in Peru and also explore Bolivia and Ecuador. The capital cities of the three countries—Quito,… more

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