By NATHAN SOLIS
HIGHLAND PARK — The Twitter handle HLP90042 meant plenty to residents of Highland Park. The Twitter account was their update to police activity; store openings and closings; local politics, cuisine, culture; band performances and gallery shows. Which is why it was a rude awakening for the 5,966 followers of HLP90042 when they discovered today that the account had been deleted.
The author of the account, Waltarrrrr, who also once authored the 90042 blog, re-tweeted almost every mention of Highland Park on Twitter, either good or bad, giving his feed a colorful palette of people venting, loving and all around living their lives in Northeast L.A. It was no surprise then that followers of HLP90042 expressed their disappointment on Twitter:
Saddens me to see a person with such love as well as knowledge of our community to leave Twitter so abruptly. @HLP90042 You'll be missed
— the new YORK BLVD (@TheNewYorkBlvd) January 2, 2015
Bummed to discover @HLP90042 has left the twitterverse. 1 of the great resources for learning about my new neighborhood, you'll be missed.
— Avi Glijansky (@ag457) January 2, 2015
— Annette Duran (@AnnetteSintia) January 2, 2015
Back in 2011 the 90042 blog went into hiatus, but Waltarrrrr made occasional updates throughout the years on the history of Highland Park and on local issues ranging from transportation politics to addressing the issue of calling the Arroyo Seco Parkway a freeway. All content from the blog has since been deleted, along with any other mention of the author’s presence online.
Why did HLP90042 sign off so abruptly? Will the Highland Park updates appear under a different Twitter account? Did HLP90042 offend the North Koreans? HLP90042 did not say much before shutting down. The @walkeaglerock Twitter feed posted some of HLP90042’s last updates, including one that said “Call it a New Year’s Resolution or an offline evolution. Either way, this is the end.”
Waltarrrrr will be sorely missed and we hope that whatever he gets into next he will bring the same level of commitment and enthusiasm he shared with HLP.
Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.