Santa Monica

Santa Monica: LA’s Beach Resort

April 5, 2022

Santa Monica is a city with Los Angeles County, but it’s long been considered the beach resort for Los Angeles. Now the city is very much part of LA’s Westside, but until the 1950’s it was separated from its much larger neighbor by open farmland. Angelenos, and visitors, would come to Santa Monica to swim…

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Toypurina: LA Freedom Fighter

March 15, 2022

For Women’s History Month I want to look at someone from the earliest years of Los Angeles, Toypurina. In many cultures and countries around the world there are legendary historical women, leaders who rallied their people to fight foreign invaders. Examples include Joan of Arc in fifteenth century France, who emerged from a humble background…

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Commercial Exchange Building

The Commercial Exchange Building

February 20, 2022

The South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles is undergoing enormous change at the moment, as new apartment and condominium blocks sprout upwards and older buildings (such as the beautiful Herald Examiner Building and the Commercial Exchange Building) are renovated and repurposed, often as lofts or ‘creative’ offices. The Arena and the many restaurants,…

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Charles Chaplin's Los Angeles

Charles Chaplin’s Los Angeles Today

January 1, 2022

In the end, everything is a gag. Charles Chaplin Charles Spencer Chaplin, or ‘Charlie’ for short, is one of the most influential figures from the early days of Hollywood and one of the entertainment industry’s first, and greatest, superstars. Not only do his pioneering silent films endure the test of time, with six of his…

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Experience Hollywood

Close-Up On Hollywood & Dream Factory

March 3, 2021

So many visitors who come to Los Angeles – certainly the vast majority of first-time visitors – have a vision of Hollywood in their mind before they arrive. They may well have actually “seen” it in a video, news report, Television show or “Hollywood” movie (whatever that means). No matter what anyone else says, you…

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