The New York Times has published a “guide” to “Where Noir Lives in the City of Angels.” With text by Gal Beckerman.
And take a good look at the graphic by Ross MacDonald (no, not that Ross MacDonald; he’s dead). This Ross MacDonald is the illustrator and movie prop designer, and yes, his artwork captures the literary noir ambience, but there is this little inaccuracy problem going on.
Here’s the key:
1. Pacific Palisades (“In a Lonely Place”)
2. Laurel Canyon (“The Long Goodbye”)
3. Leimert Park (“The Black Dahlia”)
4. South-Central L.A. (“Devil in a Blue Dress”)
5. Hollywood Hills (“The Black Echo”)
6. MacArthur Park (“North of Montana”)
7. Pasadena (“Die a Little”)
8. Watts (“Southland”)
9. Hollywood Hills (“Woman No. 17”)
That’s right. The answer is No. 3. The New York Times thinks that Leimert Park is NORTH of the 10 Freeway and NORTHEAST of MacArthur Park. That could almost be Echo Park, except Echo Park is north of the 101 Freeway.
I won’t even get into what’s wrong with the depiction of the freeway system.
C’mon New York Times, you really can do better than this.