Trade For Print-a new short story


  "Trade For Print" is a new short story I wrote concerning¬†an unscrupulous photographer who lures a postal worker into fraud by offering young love for sale. The piece, entirely fictional, of course, takes place in North Hollywood and moves around on local boulevards and avenues: Chandler, Colfax, Bakman, Lemp and Lankershim. ¬†And includes such…

Chandler Boulevard 1940s


A Pacific Electric "Hollywood" Streetcar travels down placid and empty Chandler Boulevard sometime in the 1940s. This mode of transport was removed in the early 1950s as the private car took over Los Angeles. (Alan Weeks Collection)

Among the Right Angles


The new community growing up around Lankershim and Magnolia is a place of right angles. Lofts and windows, rooflines and balconies: all are straight and horizontal, crisp and clean. I walked around here today, mid-day, in the white sun, along Chandler, McCormick, Blakeslee and Magnolia, in-between new apartment rental offices, new hair salons, new trees,…