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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: How Hollywood’s Streets Got Their Names

H.H. Wilcox’s 1887 map of Hollywood courtesy of USC digital collections. Street names provide a telling story of an area’s development, growth, and history. Real estate promoters and developers give tract streets aspirational titles, monikers that salute subjects or places, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 2178 High Tower Drive, L.A.’s First Community Elevator

The Tower appeared in the March 24, 1939, installment of Nuestro Pueblo by Joseph Seewerker and Charles Owens of the Los Angeles Times. Both marketing gimmick and necessity, the elevator shaft that gave the name High Tower Drive to a … Continue reading

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April 3, 1957: Matt Weinstock

And here’s what the Daily Mirror looked like when debuted at the latimes in 2007. Matt Weinstock’s complete column is here.

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Dec. 15, 1907: Architectural Rambling to South Pasadena

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 15, 1907 Los Angeles Anybody who sets out to study the development of the city’s neighborhoods can expect to do lots of driving. My recent travels have taken me to an … Continue reading

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Encino memories

March 26, 1938 Los Angeles

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Tract of the week

March 23, 1958 Orange County Rossmoor is a walled community in Orange County, although developer Ross Cortese advertised its proximity to Long Beach. Note the all-electric kitchen. Also notice that the ad doesn’t even address commuting time to downtown Los … Continue reading

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March 19, 1908

Above, development spreads across Southern California. And of course, once people move to Chino they will need some sort of transportation … Below, a clever fraud by a clever, affable insurance man who fakes a death … At an African … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock

July 3, 1957  We have on our hands today a taxpayer in that happy frame of mind known as irate. He is enraged because he finds himself helpless at fighting City Hall. Half a dozen years ago he bought a … Continue reading

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Frank Gehry, please note

  Downtown Los Angeles: Huge, efficient and beautiful with 52-story skyscrapers and subways, the hub of a developed area stretching from the Mexican border to Pismo Beach. Part 1 Part 2 Email me

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Rigoletto Village

April 29, 1957 Los Angeles  One of my favorite adventures while working on the 1947project was revisiting old neighborhoods that I found in The Times real estate sections from 1907, a feature I called "Architectural Ramblings." Exploring the city, I … Continue reading

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