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July 29, 2006

72 suburbs in search of a city

Nuart_theatre

My favorite portraits from Caras de Los Angeles - Faces of the Angels, by musician P.S.Zollo

Charles Phoenix’s Slide of the Week: Fondue Party, Los Angeles, 1968

The legend of Mashti Malone ice cream store on La Brea

Re-post: You Are Here - Los Angeles murals

Burbankia, a web site about the lore, local legends and history of Burbank (As well as Wes Clark’s Seventies Belt Buckles. From Sciatica)

Malingering's flickr set Ridiculous LA

From Los Angeles Street Art Pool

Golf In Old Hollywood

Local Calling Areas for Los Angeles (1961) and 1971 (pdf)

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June 04, 2006

Less than $1

99_cents The unique draw of finding a product for under a dollar has made the 99 cent store a popular fixture in Los Angeles. Synonymous with cheap, closeout, products the discount stores offer the convenience of finding the necessities at a low rate. The leader in this market is the corporate run 99cent only store, but more interesting are its imitators; often family run operations selling merchandise for 99cents “and up”

The Chemosphere, built in the Hollywood Hills by architect John Lautner in 1960

Paramount Studios on Melrose, from the air

Friends Of Vast Industrial Concrete Kafkaesque Structures - The Los Angeles River flood control channel

Lowest Los Angeles Gas Prices in the Last 36 Hours

Current, Live LA traffic

Thai Town Hollywood

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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March 12, 2006

17 Syllables About L.A.

Lakers_merch I Suffered Stendhal Syndrome at Universal Studios Hollywood. The Stendhal Syndrome is a temporary disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion, hallucinations and sometimes unconsciousness when an individual is exposed to excessive amounts of profound art, paintings, sculpture or architecture

Is your home stylish? Is it small? The new HGTV series "Small Space, Big Style" is looking for tiny L.A. apartments & houses to feature. (From LA Observed)

History of The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Polar Inertia’s photographic series of Los Angeles apartment building and their often ornate address markings

Re-post: Los Angeles in 1947 was a social powderkeg. War-damaged returning soldiers were threatened by a new kind of independent female, who in turn found her freedoms disappearing as male workers returned to the factories. These conflicts worked themselves out in dark ways. The Black Dahlia is the most famous victim of 1947's sex wars, but hardly the only one. The 1947project seeks to document this pivotal year in L.A., through period reporting and visits to the scenes as they are

Virtual Panoramas of LA neighborhoods

The Avila Adobe, oldest existing house in Los Angeles

The New Diner blog reviews restaurants in the LA and Orange Curtain area. (From ”Los Angeles Time Machines”)

Chateau Marmont

What are your top 5 Favorite Songs about LA? (A Metafilter thread)

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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December 14, 2005

Fly LA-Air

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Villa Romanza and Antonio D’Attellis’s highly-fresco’ed Villa Fiona, 2 upscale properties for sale for the well-heeded individual. (Both from "Forkbender”)

Great Los Angeles Restaurants That Ain't There No More. Well, maybe "great" is the wrong word for some of these. These are places I've dined in the past that are now defunct. Some I miss, some I don't, some I miss for reasons other than the food. A large percentage of them were on La Cienega Boulevard

Panoramas from The Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge

Near Downey, there is an abandoned hospital campus situated near a residential area. From random clues and records found at this site, it appears as if the hospital has been abandoned for at least 10 years. Already the buildings show signs of advanced aging, by way of vandalism, marauding plant growth, leaky roofs and overall neglect

Eye in the L.A. sky, traffic-related airborne images

Re-post: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfield in Central Los Angeles Area and The Aviation History of the San Fernando Valley. (From “The Skunks of Los Feliz”)

Shag’s LA by Day & by Night

I am on vacation and am possibly writing on my new Moving to New Zealand blog. This item had been pre-posted for your enjoyment.

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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August 22, 2005

“Too loud, too large and too banal”

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Glendale's Forest Lawn cemetery: To live in LA is often to die in LA. Still, even eternal slumber doesn't excuse you from the SoCal obsession with wealth and looking good. Mel Blanc’s grave. (From ”Beneath Los Angeles”)

Temple Crosswalks Receive Facelift

Murders in LA County “by” Sheriff Lee Baca. (From ”Citizen of the Month”)

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley

How do you pronounce the new L.A. mayor's name? Hear how Antonio Villaraigosa explains how to pronounce his name

Los Angeles From an "Auto", a tour guide printed in 1906 by an old electric car tour company called California Auto-Dispatch Co. (From “Boing Boing”)

Mulholland Drive clips

A Morning in Chinatown. Photo essay by Mark Dixon

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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May 07, 2005

Culture vultures

Los_angeles_traffic The LALA Dictionary. Samples: Anal liposuction: The process of trying to get one's fat ass out of a chair. Atrophy wife: A former trophy wife who has seen better days. Many more. (From ”Information Junk”)

Tour over the Los Angeles area in a Pacific Coast helicopter

LA deli restaurants. (From “You are here”, an architectural photo gallery of the city)

Los Angeles restaurants and bars from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s (movie palaces, motel signs, and remants of Rt. 66 as well) - places like Musso and Frank's, the Formosa Cafe, Miceli's and Canter's - this website concentrates on those bastions of a bigone era

The History of the San Fernando Valley. (From ”Magpie”)

A necklace made of an old map of Los Angeles County

It's not easy living on Dork Street

Los Angeles, Mexico billboards cause anger. (From ”BrykMantra”)

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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March 06, 2005

Hillside Televisions

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Walking in L.A. - Photographic byproducts of my obsession with experiencing the greater Los Angeles area up close and personal

Several dozen derelict television sets are posted on a hillside at the edge of Silverlake. Each screen is painted white and emblazoned with a message in red: "Make It Happen", "Never Too Late", "This Too Will Pass”. They have been at this spot at the intersection of Fletcher and Riverside Drives for at least a month, and according to some accounts their number is gradually increasing

NBC Color City Studio in Burbank. (From Kris Trexler's “The Color Television Revolution”)

Gay's Lion Farm, El Monte, CA

Venice West Picture Essay. A photo chronicle of the beat generation in Venice west, California. (From Bruce Eisner's Vision Thing). Panorama of Venice shops. (Click to expand)

Fire Boats of the Los Angeles Fire Department (From The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Archive)

Mudslides!

Hermosa Beach Picture of the Day times 576

Three days after I moved to Los Angeles, I discovered Chicken Boy. He stood atop a three-story building on Broadway, downtown. Back then, Los Angeles was truly the land of the fruits and nuts. (From ”Pratie Place”)

Take a virtual tour of the Metro Red Line

Santa Monica Green Map shows green business and related ecological features

History of The Century Plaza Towers

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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January 30, 2005

Down Melrose Ave.

Century_blvd_1Los Angeles at Work 1920 - 1939

1902 map of Los Angeles

“LA Blogs” composed an animated drive down Melrose Ave., a la the new, hot A9 Yellow Pages

Mark Evanier writes about the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Avenue, across the street from Fairfax High School. Also, “The first time I set foot in the Ambassador, it was 1961, I was nine and Mr. Disney was about to release a new movie called 101 Dalmatians…”

10050 Cielo Drive, the Tate/Polanski Residence

Fundamental differences between LA and OC -
In OC: parking tickets don't make up 90% of the county's GDP.
In LA: your chances of being run off the road by some off-her-anti-psychotic-meds Botoxed bitch behind the wheel of a Hummer are significantly less...

The Los Angeles Universal Conversation Generator: “So, I like went to [shopping establishment] to find [trendy item]. But when I got there, they were totally out. So instead I got this [comically ugly trendier item]. Don't you love it?…”

City of Los Angeles High School Math Proficiency Exam

Los Angeles Thrift Shops

The Sunset Room

Office of The Assessor's Parcel Viewer

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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October 24, 2004

"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees"

Los_angeles_night David Croy’s San Fernando Valley

"I'm going to LA. Is there anything off the beaten path that I shouldn't miss?" (A "Metafilter" thread)

Cargo Statistics from the Port of Los Angeles

Local New from The LALA Times: “Beverly Hills Morgue Offers Herbal Body Wraps to stay fresh longer” and The new fad: ”Tongue tattoos”. “LALA Times” is like the LA Times & The Onion combined, I guess.

Aerial photography from Jon Thornburgh

Breycap’s PBase galleries of Long Beach

Seven Jobs I’d Love To Have in L.A.: 2. Weather reporter. “There are only two seasons in Los Angeles: inside and outside. You don’t really have to know anything about meteorology or how to read a barometer. Basically, you just have to tell the camera that “tomorrow will be beautiful,” and your work is done”. (From the LA Weekly’s 2004 Best of L.A.. Also there, the best place for bra knitting classes)

Hotel Room for Dummies, from “Niteowl”

Quote above by David Letterman. Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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August 28, 2004

Someone left the cake out in the rain (?)

macarthur_park Lakers Fans

The Blessing of the Cars. Ten years ago, Stephanie and Gabriel Baltierra of Los Feliz decided they loved their cars so much they wanted to get them blessed

Sculptural Works in MacArthur Park. Photo blogging from the area around the park today, by Jake Dobkin. Song facts about MacArthur Park by Richard Harris .

Rioter statuette by Jon Haddock

Andrew Wood’s LA Streamlined, art deco style

Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey and Venice by Steve Fazzio

"50mm" - L.A.'s Graffiti Art website

(I must re-post The Drum Machine, this little Japanese headbanger Troupe here for no other reason that it is too cool)

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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June 02, 2004

Elysian Park

manns_l_aIf You Were Living in L.A. a Hundred Years Ago: 125,000 pigeons in “The pigeon farm”. (From Los Angeles in the 1900s )

If you are being chased down Venice Beach by a crazed man with a chain saw, don’t worry. It’s just Robert Gruenberg scaring up an audience for his chain saw juggling show. He is just one of the many side shows on a Venice weekend. Also, R. Cronk - Venice’s most recognized artist

Union Station, Los Angeles

Blue Platelet Special

The Jose Jurado family of Boyle Heights

Angels Flight funicular railway, "Shortest Railway in the World"

Dianetics and Scientology Center on Melrose Avenue

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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May 11, 2004

City of The Angels

Street Lighting in Los Angeles

angelA Community of Angels” is a Los Angeles project to decorate and paint several hundred angel sculptures. The sculptures are installed in various public spaces throughout the city

LA Most Wanted Delinquent Parents

Santa Monica Pier Photo gallery

Awesome Visit to Old Los Angeles and Environs - downtown Los Angeles of the era 1900-1920

Welcome to Venice, California

Launched in 1934, she made her maiden voyage in 1936 to New York and sailed until her retirement in Long Beach, California in 1967, the Queen Mary is the last great Atlantic Ocean Liner left in existance

Impossible Synthesis - William Amos Haines' Early California Residential Panoramas

LA Obscura, The Architectural Photography of George Shulman

Flavorpill LA has a wonderful archive of their past mailings and artistic headers. (From the local blog ”Kneeding”)

“Art On The Outside” is a West Hollywood Public Art Program

Many of the fine links above came from the extra-ordinary resource, ”@ LA” , The Southern California Directory for Greater Los Angeles. Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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April 23, 2004

City of Los Angeles

neon_nightThe Great Wall of Los Angeles is one of the most spectacular murals in Los Angeles. It portrays the history of California from pre-history to now.

What's in a name? Origins of names for Los Angeles landmarks

Vintage postcards of UCLA and Westwood Village

Panoramas of the First planting of the Medicine Garden at Proyecto Jardin in East Los Angeles, and a view from the Coast Hotel in Long Beach

Also, Los Angeles Panoramas by John Divola

Vegetarian Restaurants in Los Angeles

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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March 28, 2004

L-A Stories

lahomes.jpg Wes Clark’s “Avocado Memories” - Growing up in Burbank, in the Sixties and Seventies

Is it true that an artist secretly painted a 60-foot-high image of a naked pink lady above a tunnel in Malibu Canyon in 1966?

Welcome to LA Stories - "seventy-two suburbs in search of a city."

An anthology of little known Facts and Stories about Los Angeles, California

Atomic Yellow Pages listings in Los Angeles (and explanation about the fascination with the atomic bomb)

Pretty Vacant: The Los Angeles Dingbat Architecture - "If you lived here, you'd be home now"

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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February 16, 2004

This weekend, we drove to Los Angeles to visit the Getty Museum . Unfortunately, when we arrived there, the lines to the parking lot were so long, that we decided instead to take a random trip elsewhere in the city. We started with a long walk at the Military Cemetery on Sepulveda, and visited the little columbarium there. We left the car parked on Rexford, and went window-shopping on Rodeo Drive , the last street in Los Angeles where you could legally ride a horse… $650 tank tops, Versace designs , By Oppointment Only Boutiques… There must have been some kind of a “Lakers” party close by, because the street was filled with hookers and fans dressed to the hilt in outlandish costumes... And the only celebrity we spotted was April Winchell who was sitting at the lobby of the “Luxe” Hotel... Then we drove up aimlessly in the most beautiful, wide streets of 90210 , looking at mansions & real estate, through Benedict Canyon , up, up through San Ysidro Dr. and Pickfair Way , until we ended up at the top of Summitridge, overlooking some of the largest estates on Franklin Canyon... White-clad wealthy folk were playing tennis in their back yards. Just a peaceful Sunday afternoon… In the late afternoon, we drove down to the western part of Melrose, by the of Pacific Design Center . A fancy light store displayed a reddish Chihuly chandelier and Ayala Serfati floor-lamps . More people watching there. We saw a bus hitting a bicyclist. In the evening we ended up in “Little Siam” on Hollywood & Western. Next to a thriving Siamese Dessert shop, we had a spicy northern Thai meal at the Palms Thai restaurant. (Nearly as good as “Thai Nakorn” in Buena Park, but not quite). On weekends the “Original Thai Elvis Impersonator” (didn’t get his name) sings there - Pretty good, if you like Elvis Impersonators... Some oriental artisan had a shop in the same strip mall that sold large robotic duplicates of HR Geiger nightmares and the industrial Terminator fantasies … I lived in West Hollywood for about 2 years, and have since forgotten what an interesting city Los Angeles is…

Many More Unusual Links About Los Angeles and Orange County Here

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