Los Angeles Public Library

Recently, I visited the central branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. It is located in Downtown Los Angeles at 630 W 5th St., and it was initially built in 1926. In addition to the Central Branch, there are 72 other branches of the Los Angeles Public Library system. Together, the branches have amassed a … [Read more…]

Clang, Clang, Clang, Went the Trolley: Automobiles Killed the Los Angeles Red Car Trolleys

If you ever ask an Angeleno why there is no efficient public transportation system in Los Angeles, chances are you will hear this widely believed myth: Los Angeles is too widely spread out to ever support an effective public transportation system.  Actually, for more than half a century, Los Angeles served as a public transportation … [Read more…]

Palm Trees

In nearly every movie about Los Angeles there is going to be a slow motion shot of palm trees while music plays in the background. The palm tree has now become an iconic symbol for the city even though the palm trees planted here are not native to this area. The first palm trees planted … [Read more…]

Hotel Cecil

Several years ago I was listening to a podcast and heard about the Hotel Cecil. There had been a death in the hotel several years ago which left the body left in the water tank from which the guest at the hotel drank from. The “spooky” history has made it a paranormal attraction the past … [Read more…]

Rodney King Palm Trees

When I was little my father would show me around Los Angeles and share the history of the city with me, he gained his knowledge through experience and stories. At the moment I still do not know how much of his anecdotal history is accurate. One of my fondest memories with my father is when … [Read more…]