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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Twilight over Mt. Washington

Al Hermann wasted no time to capture this image of Mt. Washington from his home. “I’d just moved into this neighborhood and was pretty excited about my view of Mt. Washington. I’ve also been interested in finding a good balance of artificial light and twilight, so ... Read More »

Singing the praises of the 110 freeway

Honking horns and screeching brakes are probably among the most common sounds you will hear along the 110 Freeway (along with the screams of drivers forced to go from 60 to zero in three seconds as they exit at Avenue 43). But come next year, L.A.’s ... Read More »

Floating door in Glassell Park

“This door kind of appears to be floating in the sky, but it’s actually at the side of a woodcraft shop on Verdugo Rd. at Avenue 34 in Glassell Park,” said photographer Christopher Grisanti. Photo from LA Snapshot Read More »

Enough with this Eastside stuff…for today

Is Nela the new Eastside? LA Eastside Chill out, Eastsiders. Intersections “I‘ve changed my mind. While watching the newly inflamed debate in Los Angeles right now over the actual, for-real, 100% factual boundary of what is Eastside and Westside, in a city that has always had ... Read More »

Intelligenstia barista school is now in session in Glassell Park

The terra-cotta Intelligentsia coffee sign pops out from a drab stretch of industrial buildings along San Fernando Road in Glassell Park. Sorry, you can’t buy a cup of Esmeralda Especial here. This is the company’s West Coast roasting plant and training center, where baristas-to-be get their ... Read More »

An Eastsider by any other name

It’s only been a few days since this blog went semi-public but already folks have challenged my use of the name Eastsider to describe my blog, my neighborhood and perhaps even myself. In the comments, Chimatli of the LA Eastside blog writes: “I would add that ... Read More »

Echo Park cop wins huge settlement

Turns out that the LAPD officer who was awarded $3.1 million by a jury in his lawsuit against the department is Echo Park’s top cop, Robert Hill. The senior lead officer is known to most residents as Bobby. Now you can call him rich, too. LA ... Read More »

Echo Park tree people go out on a limb

It was bad enough when a ficus tree in front of Celaya Bakery on Sunset Boulevard was hacked away on a Saturday morning. Then, around the corner, another Echo Park street tree, a Gold Medallion, got a chopped. That was it for Michael O’Brien, who weighs ... Read More »

New respect for Highland Park’s Wild Style

Complaints about a “gang-looking” mural on the side of the Los Paisanos market in Highland Park prompted the city last month to paint over the artwork. A second attempt to create a less menacing mural has met with a quick response, this time from taggers. The ... Read More »

Eastside? Westside? You decide *

The organizers of this past weekend’s East of Eden exhibit and gallery open-house included more than a dozen art spaces across the Eastside. No, make that the “Eastside of LA.” Or, how about, “Los Angeles East”? All these words and terms were used in event publicity, ... Read More »

Mt. Washington is a buzz about the lacking of buzzing

The backyard avocado tree that Dennis Campbell depends on to feed his fix for freshly made guacamole went barren early this summer and the Mt. Washington resident is blaming the bees. Or, the lack of them. Campbell, in the September issue of the Mt. Washington Newsletter, ... Read More »

Highland Park geology

The photographer took this image from the corner of El Paso and Avenue 50 in Highland Park during a walk one overcast April morning. “The rocks above caught my eye along with that red tree, but then I noticed the Virgin Mary shrine below and loved ... Read More »

The maker of Dodger Blue is moving its home base

Family owned Par Paint, which mixes the shades of blue that cover Dodger Stadium, is moving to a new, larger location after operating from the same Sunset Boulevard storefront in Echo Park for nearly 50 years. Don’t worry, it’s not moving too far, about a mile ... Read More »

Councilman Eric Garcetti is always changing

Echo Park councilman Eric Garcetti is not only good at tailoring his message to the audience at hand but his wardrobe as well. On Saturday morning, Garcetti wore a short-sleeve, white polo shirt when he spoke to a group of school-age boys and girls gathered for ... Read More »

The day the Three Stooges barreled through Echo Park

The intersection of Echo Park, Delta and Morton avenues (aka Chicken Corner) is today best known as a hipster hot spot, where the young and bearded hold court outside the Chango Coffee House. But in 1935, there was not a soul patch in sight when beer ... Read More »