Category Archives: Downtown

Weird Al Gets ‘Tacky’ in Downtown Los Angeles

Weird Al has a new video, “Tacky,” a satire on Pharrell’s “Happy.” The sign for the Los Angeles Theatre is clearly visible in the shots, pegging this as Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Theatre and the Palace … Continue reading

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War Veteran Died After Police Beating, Lawsuit Says, July 11, 1944

July 11, 1944 The parents of Marine veteran J.P. Thomas Jr. sue Mayor Fletcher Bowron, Police Chief Clemence C.B. Horrall and other city officials, charging that their son died after being beaten in jail by police. The Times reported that … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Sixth Street Chocolate Shop Offers Sweet Treats

A still from “The Hope Chest,” courtesy of Mary Mallory. Serving both sweet and medicinal purposes, chocolate has been served up as a special treat since at least 1900 BC and continues as a favored gift and treat today. As … Continue reading

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What Really Happens in the Bradbury Building — Steampunk Alert!

Here’s what they actually do in the Bradbury Building. This ad popped up after a thrilling round of Words With Friends. Could it be the Bradbury Building? Indeed it is.

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Google Is In Your Neighborhood

The Google car (not self-driving) was at 2nd Street and Broadway the other day.

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Neon Mystery Photo (Updated)

Craby Joe’s may be gone, but it lives on in what rock video? (And no, this isn’t “Barfly.”) Answer: The video is … “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top (1983). Craby Joe’s appears at about the 2:15 mark.

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Union Station Opens in Los Angeles, May 1939

June 29, 1938: Nuestro Pueblo, by artist Charles Owens and writer Joe Seewerker,  depicts the construction of Union Station. Here are some posts that I wrote years ago, including several when Union Station turned 70. – Grand Design for Los … Continue reading

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Imagining the Future

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006. The subject came up today when I was having lunch with Ed Fuentes, so I thought I would repost it. Notice that in this plan, Union Station was to have been … Continue reading

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Filming in Downtown Los Angeles

The film crews were back on New York Street, my nickname for South Spring around Fourth and Fifth in downtown Los Angeles. This time it’s standing in for San Vicente.

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L.A. Becomes N.Y. — Again

I wandered down to “New York Street” (Spring Street between 4th and 6th in downtown Los Angeles) last night and saw this Hollywood version of an NYPD patrol car. L.A. Becomes N.Y. Million Dollar Theatre | Street Scene |  CSI: … Continue reading

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LAPD Mourns First Latina Officer Josephine Serrano Collier

Josephine Serrano Collier, courtesy LAPD. The LAPD is honoring the memory of Officer Josephine Serrano Collier, who died last month at the age of 91 in Tucson. The LAPD says she was its first Latina officer. Here she is in … Continue reading

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LAPD Officer Accused of Hitting Handcuffed Prisoner, March 5, 1914

March 5, 1914: Spring training! I jumped back to 1914 to see if I could find out anything about the Police Commissions order against non-Asian women in Oriental cafes. No luck, alas, but I did find a couple of goodies. … Continue reading

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Los Angeles, Hollywood’s Back Lot

I went to dinner last night at Grand Central Market and got these shots of a group filming a video. And since we’re all good Angelenos, we went “oh yeah, a film crew, a guy with a Stedicam”  and went … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Los Angeles — The Hotel Bella Union/St. Charles Hotel

March 16, 1936: Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner visit the St. Charles Hotel at 314 N. Main, which was formerly the Bella Union Hotel. “This was one of the two best hotels in Los Angeles not so … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Los Angeles — The Melrose

March 9, 1936: Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner visit the Melrose tourist hotel on Grand between 1st and 2nd streets, which was connected to the old Rowan mansion. Turner paints wonderful portraits of life in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Los Angeles — The Baker Block’s Grand Staircase

March 2, 1936: Here’s a treasure — a drawing of the grand staircase in the Baker Block. I have seen pictures of the exterior before, but never anything of the interior. Columnist Timothy Turner writes that the staircase is worn … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Los Angeles — The Baker Block

Feb. 27, 1936: This week, Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner visit the Baker Block, one of the huge gingerbread buildings that flourished in downtown Los Angeles, like the Hall of Records. The Baker Block, at Main and … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Lindbergh Beacon on L.A. City Hall?

Joining us in our question,  blogger Militant Angeleno also asks “What happened to the Lindbergh Beacon on City Hall?” The Militant says: “Leaving the Lindbergh Beacon off during the holiday season makes Huell Howser’s angel cry.” Here’s video.

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Rediscovering Los Angeles — A Japanese Garden

Feb. 17, 1936: I think this may be my favorite entry so far. Times artist Charles Owens and columnist Timothy Turner visit a Japanese flower shop on San Pedro Street north of 1st Street, which was converted by Toyo Y. … Continue reading

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Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like Hollywood Deaths and Scandals

I found this inscription last night at the Last Book Store in a copy of “Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites” by our old nonsense-slinging friend E.J. Fleming of “Wallace Beery beat Ted Healy to death in the parking lot of … Continue reading

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