October 22, 2014

It's The Great L.A. Walk, Charlie Brown!

Everything (almost) you need to know. Saturday, November 22, meet at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills (5800 Topanga Canyon Boulevard) for the 9 AM departure. Walk at your own pace, relying on your own wits and resourcefulness to get to the Television Academy courtyard (5200 Lankershim Boulevard), a scant 17 miles away.

I hope that the Television Academy is an incredibly beautiful structure, because when the walk ended in Santa Monica (the last three years), getting a sunset view of the Pacific was some good motivation. The intersection of Magnolia and Lankershim in North Hollywood does not seem to have the same draw. But what do I know? I've never been to that intersection, which probably has vistas to rival any national park.

There is no fee to walk. This is not a charity fundraiser. You walk to enjoy walking in an ever-shifting urban environment. No waiver to sign, because who're you gonna sue?

They've got a Facebook page, of course, and a Twitter account.

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October 13, 2014

First American Aerial Photo

The first aerial photo shot in the U.S. was by James Wallace Black, and it was of central Boston on October 13, 1860. The photo is now in the possession of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the Gilman Collection.
Boston 1860 by James Wallace Black

(Here's a link to a version that I edited to adjust contrast and sharpness a little which might assist in picking out smaller details.)

The significant landmark that's easy to pick out is Old South Meeting House.

After the Boston Massacre in 1770, yearly anniversary meetings were held at the church until 1775 featuring speakers such as John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren. In 1773 5,000 people met in the Meeting House to debate British taxation, and after the meeting a group raided a nearby tea ship in what became known as the Boston Tea Party.

Old South Meeting House still stands at the same spot, very little altered since 1860 - since 1773, for that matter.
Boston from Google Earth
This is from roughly the same viewpoint as the 1860 photo. You can just barely see the steeple on Old South.

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October 6, 2014

East Los Angeles

Yesterday's CicLAvia extended much further into East Los Angeles than it (or I) had ever been, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to start at the east end and walk as far as I could.

Ciclavia October 2014 Eastern Map 1
My route
which was about 9 miles (RT).

The next CicLAvia is December 7, 2014. I believe they are trying to put together a route in San Fernando Valley for sometime next year.

Anthony Quinn Public Library - East Los Angeles (0720)
Anthony Quinn Public Library
. Anthony Quinn lived in East L.A. as a child.

Belvedere Park - East Los Angeles (0752)
Belvedere Park
, the eastern terminus of yesterday's CicLAvia.

Bobby & Cesar
A mural with "Bobby & Cesar"
based on this photo.

CicLAvia - East Los Angeles (0722)

Evergreen Cemetery (0739)
Evergreen Cemetery
. Perhaps the most well known celebrity buried here is Eddie Anderson. The cemetery is racially segregated, but never barred any race. It's also where Joseph Winchester Robinson is buried. He came from Waltham, Massachusetts, and founded the "Boston Store" which became Robinson's and then Robinson's May. George Ralphs (founder of the supermarket chain) is buried here as well.

Metro Atlantic Station (0753)
Atlantic Station
, the eastern end of Metro's Gold Line.

Mexican Veterans Memorial - East Los Angeles (0725)
Mexican-American Veterans Memorial

Mexican Veterans Memorial - East Los Angeles (0726)

Streetlight on Cesar Chavez Blvd (0729)
A streetlight on Cesar Chavez Boulevard alongside Evergreen Cemetery

Three Sisters - Cesar Chavez Blvd (0730)
Three Sisters of East Los Angeles

See the rest of my photos here.

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Boston Gets A Literary Cultural District

The Boston Literary District went live last week. Here's the district's website. These newly authorized cultural districts don't seem to have taxing power, so they seem mostly to be tools for organition, coordination and cooperation among the many cultural institutions in Boston. There is already a Fenway Cultural District that includes the Gardner Museum, the Mary Baker Eddy Library, Berklee College, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony and many more cultural institutions in that neighborhood.

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September 15, 2014

Walk Los Angeles

Some organized walks coming up in L.A.:

  • Saturday, September 7, Three Is A Magic Number. Twelve mile loop walk starting at Grand Park, downtown, 9 AM. The 12 miles is broken into three parts, and you can bug out when you want to.
  • Friday, November 28, Post-Thanksgiving Epic. Starts at Chinatown Gold line station, 9 AM. Fifteen mile loop.
  • Saturday, January 17, Ten Bridges Epic. "Walk over every bridge crossing the Los Angeles River between Broadway and Olympic Blvd." About 12 miles, 9 AM at the Chinatown Metro station.
  • Saturday, February 7, Stair Trek VIII. 25 miles which include 92 stairways. Meet the in Laurel & Hardy Park, across from the Music Box stairs at Vendome & Del Monte, 8:30 AM. "You will walk every single staircase in the area bounded by the 101 Freeway (south); Riverside Drive (north); Elysian Park (east) and Hillhurst Avenue (west.)"

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August 18, 2014

For A Sense Of Scale

Black Rock City map overlaid onto San Francisco
Someone overlaid the Black Rock City street grid onto San Francisco to compare sizes

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August 12, 2014

Sunset Strip History

L.A. Public Library map guy Glen Creason uses maps to give us a little history of the evolution of Sunset Strip.

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Atop the very tippy top of Chicago's John Hancock tower with a GoPro. Warning: depiction of tobacco smoking.

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August 10, 2014

Pueblo del Rio

Pueblo del Rio is a low income housing project in South L.A. that is an example of mid-century modern architecture. It's just outside of the City of Vernon. Richard Neutra was one of the people who contributed to its design.

Pueblo Del Rio (0224)

Palms (0222)

Pueblo Del Rio
Google map

More photos here.

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August 8, 2014

Public Art in the Arts District of L.A.

Squirrel Street Art (0320)

Street Art (0315)

Street Art (0317A)

Street Art (0313)

Street Art (0319)

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