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Saturday, October 25, 2014

What will Highland Park (and the rest of us) do without Waltarrrrr?

The blogger known as Waltarrrrr (yes, with five “r”s), who has kept Highland Park informed and amused for more than four years, is putting the 90042 blog to “sleep for a while.”  Waltarrrrr had an endless love of historic street car photos and made use of a Twitter feed to offer blow-by-blow accounts of police searches and holiday parades. Waltarrrrr broke the news of the break from blogging to readers today, explaining that the 90042 blog started as a writing exercise but became much more:

“All-too-often I posted the only notices of shootings or murders in our community that real media outlets ignored. I’m quite proud of what I managed to accomplish over the past four-and-a-half years. Stories that would have otherwise never been told, were shared, and history was remembered.  I feel the community was better off for whatever contribution was made. I tried to keep it interesting and avoided being too self-indulging. (Sorry, my blog, my indulgence.) So many stories I wanted to do but never had enough time. As small as this zip code seems, or as non-affluent as it may seem, I could have wrote a story about it every day and never fully tell the story of this place we call home.”

Waltarrrrr, an artist by trade, will devote more time to painting. While leaving the door open to an occasional post, Waltarrrrrr made no promises, leaving readers to admire a 1905 photo of Highland Park in a blog post titled “Parting Shot.” Nice job.

Image of 90042 blog



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9 comments

  1. It’s devastating. I’ve been sad all day about this. However, Waltarrrrr wants to practice his art in the corporeal world. He may create something even more wonderful than 90042. It’s possible. I hope he contributes to theeastsiderla.com from time to time.

  2. 90042 and the Eastsider are two blogs that I always look forward to reading in the evenings. The Eastsider gives the new and 90042 gave us the history. Waltarrrrr will be seriously missed and will leave a large void. Thank you for all you have given us and hope you don’t stay away for too long. Will be looking forward to seeing your art!

  3. I’m heartbroken. Love that blog. Read it just about every day. Priceless.

  4. Thanks, Waltarrrr.

  5. In Streetcar language the most devastating word is “abandoned”
    W. I have enjoyed your posts, we trolley car folks have few avenues available. Manythanks for your efforts.

    Jim Behm
    Pasadena

  6. I was late catching up to W. and 90042 but nevertheless will miss him. Although we need more people like him, there will not be anyone like him.

  7. YUP, the twitter feed was second to none and will be missed!

  8. I’ve been following Walterrrrr’s twitter feed since I moved from New Jersey to LA back in July of 2008. Highland Park is where I rented my first apartment. When I told everyone I was living in HLP people gave me the Tequila face, “Highland Park…fuuuuuuu_k, that spots ghetto” and more stereotypical BS. Granted, the air is monitored by ghetto birds seemingly every night, but it still felt like home. Everytime I get the tequila face, I’d just direct them to his blog.

    I moved out last year to be closer to my job on the westside. Having lived/explored the westside, I can tell you I will be returning to HLP or surrounding area as soon as my current lease expires.

    I wish all Walterrrrr all the best in continuing his artistic ventures (btw I hope he tells us if/when his art gets displayed, I’d personally love to see his work and welcome to get the chance to meet the man behind the blog.

    Wish him all the best.

    – Luis

  9. Does anyone have contact info for Waltarrrrr? We’re using an image of his for a book, but I can’t get in touch with him anymore. Thanks.

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