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Former Stage Area

By Eric Richardson — September 07, 2007 — 4 Comments

Downtowners who've seen his rhymes via Art Walk or email may be more familiar with the latter of Broker Poet Ed Rosenthal's two professions, but Ed's no slouch when...


Former Greyhound Station

By Eric Richardson — August 13, 2007 — 9 Comments

If you're on 7th street and glance into the parking entrance for the LA Merchandise Mart, you may just catch a glimpse of signage welcoming you to Los Angeles. ...


By Eric Richardson — June 04, 2007 — 4 Comments

Thirty-five years ago today the Times ran an interesting piece talking about the $250,000 Downtown plan put together by planning firm Wallace, McHarg, Roberts ...


By Eric Richardson — December 10, 2006 — 13 Comments

There are a lot of odd buildings on Broadway, and each has arrived at its look via a unique path. The Merritt Building sits on the northwest corner of 8th and...


Gas Holder

By Eric Richardson — November 21, 2006 — 23 Comments

If you look at the photo I linked to in the Sunkist post you'll see an enormously large tank or silo back in the distance. I'd seen these same sort of tanks in...


Sunkist Building

By Eric Richardson — November 20, 2006 — 4 Comments

There's really no end to the fascinating things you can find when you start digging into the history of Downtown Los Angeles. Yesterday I was wandering through...


Great Western Plaza

By Eric Richardson — September 01, 2006 — 10 Comments

Walking west on 7th street there's a faded sign that's always fascinated me. I've been intending to write about it for months now; I even took a photo in January...


New Story Building

By Eric Richardson — August 30, 2006 — 6 Comments

One of the cool things about Downtown is the history you can find on the sides of buildings. Vestiges of past occupants and previous uses are still to be found...


By Eric Richardson — April 26, 2005 — 5 Comments

shannon over at sha in LA had a post yesterday titled urban exploration in which she wrote:

It all began about a year ago. I give tours of City Hall. The highlight...