Author: jtbbjoint

Another Perfect Day

Hollyhock Residence & Barnsdall Park

Our city is blessed with a generous number of Frank Lloyd Wright residences. Sure, they’re a pain in the ass to maintain, but I’m okay to overlook that. In that sense, you can’t quite overlook the Hollyhock house as it is undergoing renovations. It is still worth visiting if not just to see the exterior,…
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January 31, 2014 3

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Nestled in the rolling hills of Pan Pacific Park lays the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Even as it sits across from the popular and fabricated Grove, you might just miss it as its environmentally friendly rooftop bunkers the building within the landscape.A quick couple of notes. First, it is actually the oldest holocaust…
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January 24, 2014 0

Franklin Canyon

I feel like a bit of a traitor for this. Franklin Canyon has been one of my favorite places in all of Los Angeles. Does the fact that it is quiet and relatively unknown play a factor in this? Probably, but I could get bored. I keep coming back. The park’s central physical feature is…
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January 9, 2014 0

Travel Town Museum

At the point you’re east driving on Ventura Freeway wondering how to get onto the I-5 North, you probably won’t notice the park filled with unique wonders off to your right. You should. It’s filled with these giant machines that most Los Angelinos has trouble identifying. Trains. There was a time where not only the…
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December 19, 2013 0

Santa Monica Strollings

For the most of us, once you move north of Montana, you’ve finally made it. Or to say the least, life is good. Most visitors tend to take in the pier, beach or 3rd Street promenade. Most aren’t even aware how much better people have it there. How sad. To wander around near San Vicente…
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December 13, 2013 0

More Bike Lanes a Comin’

Happy to see work being started on more bike lanes to a vital link to the valley. This adds another mile of bike lanes on Riverside Drive between Laurel Canyon and the I-170 freeway.  This is a logical addition that continues along the three mile stretch all the way to Van Nuys Blvd. At the…
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December 10, 2013 2

Thanksgiving Treats

As we discover the depths of our coldness, let us reflect a little on what a nice Thanksgiving weekend we had. Perfect weather. Open freeways. Victories for both our UCLA and USC football teams! Well, maybe one. My wife and I had an afternoon out on the town thanks to public transportation! First, Matthew Bourne’s,…
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December 5, 2013 1

Snapshots across Los Angeles

A few looks of things that caught my eye while out and about in Los Angeles that I had to take pictures of: The Tiffany Theater is but a pile of dust before work starts on the Sunset / LaCienega Super Mega Project. This is Los Angeles though. The last thing to go of course…
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November 18, 2013 1

I’m not a Playa Vista, I just crush a lot.

Sometimes, I think ahead to the distant future of what Los Angeles will be. In my mind, it would look a lot like Blade Runner where the sunlight would be obstructed by building after building. Although, Ridley Scott’s vision is only six years away, you could add a couple zeros to that figure until we…
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November 8, 2013 0

Westwood – Live and Let Die?

There are few parts of the city that elicit such romantic thoughts of their former glory when briefly mentioned. Who am I kidding? It’s mainly just Westwood Village. In the 1980’s, this WAS the place to be. Trendy restaurants. Movie theaters filled with movie-goers. Sidewalks too filled to walk. Street performers with a giddy audience…
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November 1, 2013 1