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Old Posted Dec 23, 2013, 1:44 AM
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Um--could it be because the tracks in large part were laid before there were any cars at all? The cars came, stealing business from LARy & PE, which then couldn't afford to study the problem much less make the changes necessary to provide safer waiting zones.... Cars ruled (still do), and anyone who could afford one was happy to give up PT anyway.
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Excellent explanation GaylordWilshire. That's it in a nutshell.
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rbpjr....Many people are not aware that various and sundry parts of Los Angeles have decayed into Third World Status. We see it in this photo. I won't get into the reasons why but there's a reason.
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Old Posted Dec 23, 2013, 3:27 AM
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Return to Pico and Norton

In August 2011 er showed us the SW corner of Pico and Norton:

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Here's the NW corner in May 2011:

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And in 1926; you can see photographer Dick Whittington's car parked at left:

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1926 interior:

USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/68329/rec/24
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Um--could it be because the tracks in large part were laid before there were any cars at all? The cars came, stealing business from LARy & PE, which then couldn't afford to study the problem much less make the changes necessary to provide safer waiting zones.... Cars ruled (still do), and anyone who could afford one was happy to give up PT anyway.
Hmm... I gather from your comment that PE and LA city fathers were mad at the ''stealing business'' car owners...so they decided to let the paying PT customers suffer the consequences.

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Old Posted Dec 23, 2013, 4:57 AM
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Excellent explanation GaylordWilshire. That's it in a nutshell.
That and the fact having two sets of tracks dictated weight balancing/equalization of the pickup lines between the supporting power polls. Going back to the days before automobiles many of the streets were not wide enough to provide great deal of space between the tracks and curbs without the tracks being quite close together in order to allow for horse drawn delivery wagons and carriages without blocking the street either side of the tracks.
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Yes, Hoss, I see those island waiting zones in the middle of the street. Why some planning genius thought it was a good idea for people to jaywalk into the street and stand in an unprotected spot in the middle of the street while cars were speeding by on both sides is beyond me.
You would only have been making for the island platform nearest you, thus only having to cross one slow-moving lane of traffic. These outside lanes in either direction were probably intended just for very local traffic, rather than anyone intending to drive several miles or, for that matter, several blocks. Much of Santa Monica Boulevard between Westwood and Beverly Hills has recently been reconfigured in a very similar way, and it works quite well.
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The two-picture set at USC also includes this shot looking in the opposite direction, which I don't remember seeing before. Working along the horizon from the left, I think the spike that appears about 1/3 of the way to the first utility pole is the top of the Richfield building. City Hall must be just off the left edge.


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Roughly in the center of the picture above is the Norton & Norton Electric Co.


Detail of picture above.

The roofline has been modified and the windows have been boarded up, but the building and Norton Electric are still there, 80 years later!


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I think this building down Broadway is also still around. This building also appears in the famous footbridge chase scene in This Gun For Hire:

Here it is in Google Maps view. Looks like they kept the windows but stuccoed -- I think stucco is worse than bricks in the window, but it's all whatever these days:
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I went back to the archive.org video that flies over Hollywood and Vine, but I only got the blurry shot below. The hotel where the picture above was taken must be the building near the top left.


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The 1956 CD lists the Hotel Vermillion/Vermillion Hotel at 6162 Hollywood Boulevard. Back in the 1942 CD, the Hotel Regent was at 6162 Hollywood Boulevard.
I found a better view of the Hotel Regent in 'The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History' by Gregory Paul Williams. It also identifies the two-story building as the Strothers Mortuary.


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Norton Electric is still there! -excellent find HossC. fun stuff-


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A search of a voter registration(1892-1894) indicates a William F. McBurney, harness maker. He was 36 years old at the time. This particular registration list shows that Mr McBurney was born in Canada and became a naturalized US citizen in 1891. It also gives his height at 5'6" and says that he has a dark complexion with blue eyes and dark hair. He is listed as living in Rosedale. All this extra information is very unusual in this kind of list.
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Does anyone have an explanation or reason for the nature of the drainage system that is behind the sidewalks and significantly away from street surfaces? It would appear in the post card like image of the same era that the drainage system has been filled in, assuming it ever existed in the locale of the image. You'll have to go back up a couple of posts to see the open drainage. For some reason they did not get picked up with the "quote" function.
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Yes HossC, but which window?



lol. I'm kidding ,but I wouldn't put it past you. -You're really good at this sort of thing.
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Thanks for the information on Mr. McBurney oldstuff. -much appreciated.
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Broadway history tours, historic preservation and Raymond Chandler's noir 1920s LA

Martin Pal's post about Broadway tours reminds me to share video of several recent free tours in the Broadway on My Mind series that Esotouric's Richard Schave has given, with some fascinating guest historians, following the free monthly LAVA Sunday Salon. These tours are meant to raise awareness of Broadway's delicate architectural ecosystem, which we believe is in danger of being harmed by forthcoming work on the Streetscape Master Plan. If you couldn't walk with us, we hope you can join us through the magic of the internet.

Tour #1 - July 2013: Guides are Nick Matonak (LA Historic Theatre Foundation), Mike the PoeT and Richard Schave (Esotouric/LAVA). South Broadway, between 6th and 8th Streets: Wurlitzer Building, St. Vincent Court, Palace Theater and Yorkshire Apartments.

Tour #2 - August 2013: Broadway on My Mind tour guides are Donald Spivack (CRA), Brian Kaiser (tile historian), Michelle Gerdes, Steve Gerdes & David Saffer (LA Historic Theatre Foundation), Mike the PoeT and Richard Schave & Kim Cooper (Esotouric/LAVA). South Broadway, between 5th and 6th Streets: theaters, retail, Ernest Batchelder's Dutch Chocolate Shop, Spring Arcade Building.

Tour #3 - September 2013: Broadway on My Mind tour guides are Donald Spivack (CRA), Nathan Marsak (aka beaudry - On Bunker Hill/1947project), Ed Rosenthal (the poet broker) and Richard Schave (Esotouric/LAVA), with a musical interlude from Flannery Lunsford. South Broadway, between 9th and 8th Streets: theaters, retail, Clifton's Cafeteria, Hamburger's Department Store, Eastern Columbia Building, United Artists Theatre.

The walking tour series is on a brief hiatus, but if you're interested in offbeat LA faith, this Sunday's free talk on Aleister Crowley's OTO may intrigue. Coming soon: video from the Poem Noir edition of Broadway on My Mind, featuring poets reading their darkest verses in the Bradbury Building!



Every year, Esotouric curates a survey of the state of historic preservation in Los Angeles, with ten success stories, ten losses, and five bittersweet situations that teeter in the middle. 25 for 2013 is here.



Finally, just wanted to pull the collective Noirish LA sleeve to The Kept Girl, the fact-based mystery novel starring the young Raymond Chandler, his devoted secretary, and the real-life LA cop who is a likely model for Philip Marlowe, on the trail of a cult of murderous angel worshippers. The book is available for Subscription to the deluxe edition through Christmas, and available in all the usual places on February 1. You can expect some very noirish readings and blog posts to accompany the release. Book newsletter link is here.

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Yes, Hoss, I see those island waiting zones in the middle of the street. Why some planning genius thought it was a good idea for people to jaywalk into the street and stand in an unprotected spot in the middle of the street while cars were speeding by on both sides is beyond me.
Close up of Safety Zone LAPD marked "Mushroom" at LAPD Museum. I used those loading zones many times, I though little of it, just had to use caution. I even sold newspapers in them as a kid. I have been looking for one of these for my collection for years.



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Thanks for providing the links to the walking tours esotouric. I love the cover graphic for your novel. It's extremely well done.
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Thank you, ethereal. The cover is by Paul Rogers, who has a wonderful eye for old Los Angeles.
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Old Posted Dec 23, 2013, 7:42 PM
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You're welcome Kim. I hope it's a great success.

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You would only have been making for the island platform nearest you, thus only having to cross one slow-moving lane of traffic. These outside lanes in either direction were probably intended just for very local traffic, rather than anyone intending to drive several miles or, for that matter, several blocks. Much of Santa Monica Boulevard between Westwood and Beverly Hills has recently been reconfigured in a very similar way, and it works quite well.
I would point out there was not sufficient space between the sets of rails to placed platform. When two cars passed one another there probably wasn't more than two to three feet separating them.
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I like the shape of this room for millinery in the downtown Bullock's Department Store.


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