Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pockets of charm

The thing is, Los Angeles is a conurbation of lots of different areas which grew into urban spaces from some other origin - Tarzana was Edgar Rice Burrough's ranch. If you say you don't like it, which part do you mean? Have you walked around Angeleno Heights, NoHo, Toluca Lake, Encino...? I keep noting that Los Angeles must have been overwhelmingly beautiful in the early years of the 20th century and when the former-Vienna Conservatory professor Vicki Baum came here in 1931 to assist on the filming of her novel, Grand Hotel she said, "I stayed drunk for weeks with this sun and air and the beauty of the hills." You can still see this Los Angeles, as for example we did in Westwood, near UCLA, last week.

Percy Parke Lewis's 1931 Fox Theater, Westwood

Even amidst the anonymous glass towers of modern corporate architecture, you can see the hills and palms and 1920s peeping through.

Looking up Westwood Blvd across Willshire
If you liked this blog, others of mine on Los Angeles are:

A daily reminder, 1 April 2011
When you take a closer look, 21 April 2011
The frame (thoughts on the Getty Center), 24 April 2011
A light on the hill (the Reagan Library), 30 April 2011
A couple of snapshots (Malibu and the Valley), 1 May 2011
More to love about LA, 6 Jan 2012
Walking with stars, 10 Apr 2012
En plein air and a little elan, 16 Nov 2012
LA Substantial, 18 Jan 2013
City of Angels, 20 Jan 2013
City of Nets? City of Dreams, 31 Jan 2013
Rounding off - LA vignettes, 2 Feb 2013
Loving the architectural reminders of old Los Angeles, 4 Feb 2013
Cultural conjuntions, 4 Feb 2013
Cultural conjunctions II, 6 Feb 2013

Non-linear lessons, 7 Feb 2013
More than whimsy - Contemporary Art, 8 Feb 2013
Life and movies, 10 Feb 2013
But, whimsy indeed, 12 Feb 2013
Pockets of charm, 13 Feb 2013

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