Oh, just ten minutes inside the Sunset Strip Tower Records, 1971

https://archive.org/details/casacsh_000018

On the Lowdown on Downtown, we toured the Dutch Chocolate Shop and other #DTLA gems, while untangling the complex webs that power and hobble this most beguiling community. Thanks to Skid Row advocates Amos and Kemal of StreetwiseLA.com, Bunker Hill native son Gordon Pattison, the Arts District’s Virgil Terry Ellsworth and Charlie of the Dutch Chocolate Shop for bringing us into your worlds.

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New fliers hot off the presses!

New fliers hot off the presses!

Today in weird L.A. lore, in Rossian Routlette, the rules are different (1947).

http://1947project.blogspot.com/2005/08/in-rossian-roulette-rules-are.html

Today in weird L.A. lore, in Rossian Routlette, the rules are different (1947).

http://1947project.blogspot.com/2005/08/in-rossian-roulette-rules-are.html

Scenes from a century of Eastside immigration, preservation, activism and imagination. Esotouric’s Boyle Heights & San Gabriel Valley tour rolls twice a year, in August and February, as part of the California Culture series (formerly Reyner Banham loves Los Angeles).

Broadway on My Mind #DTLA walking tour video - Nathan Marsak and Richard Schave lead a free LAVA walking tour along Broadway, celebrating the work of RB Young, including Clifton’s Cafeteria, the OT Johnson block, terrazzo preservation, Art Deco facade damage and much more. 

http://lavatransforms.org/broadwayonmymind10

Scenes from today’s Raymond Chandler bus adventure. For more about this tour or to reserve your spot on the next edition, visit http://www.esotouric.com/chandler

Glorious 1930 Hollywood Blvd. storefront by Myron Hunt and H.C. Chambers for the fashionable CH Baker Shoes. Window reflections capture Musso & Frank and surrounding structures.