Option A: International Affairs, A Back Story.


Perhaps the quintessential Option A story grows out of the life of Ivan Gomez (b. 1972) the owner of Pashupatina, a fine custom decorative metal shop on Aetna. He was born in Mexico, by chance. His other four siblings (one sister and three brothers) were all born in the USA. They were raised in Pacoima…

Resurrection Through Colorization.


I’m not the first person to happen upon these colorized photographs of old black and white images. But I'll write about it anyway. “Imbued With Hues” is Patty Allison’s project to bring to life vintage photos and somehow breathe new life into dead people and lost places. 25,000 follow her on Facebook. She is in…

Modernity and Kitsch.


I recently came across these 50-year-old photographs by Allan Grant that were published in the November 23, 1962 Life Magazine. They show a brand new supermarket, Piggly Wiggly,that had recently opened at 15821 Ventura Blvd. in Encino. The structure is now gone, replaced by a long, white office building. What surprised me most was seeing the…

“Walkville” Opens in North Hollywood


One of the most exciting developments in San Fernando Valley urban planning is nearing completion in North Hollywood near the Red Line Terminus. Walkville is a 5,000 unit housing development which is entirely green. Landscaped bike and walking trails wend their way alongside apartment buildings where children, seniors and families live.  The goal is to…

IMAGERY – The Celery Merchants of Venice – Hidden Los Angeles


Celery fields in Venice, CA, 1927, which was once known as "The Celery Capital of America". IMAGERY – The Celery Merchants of Venice – Hidden Los Angeles.

Grocery Wars: Again?


Photo from USC Digital Archives The LA Times reports that major food chains like Ralphs and Vons are lowering prices in an effort to win back price conscious consumers. Trader Joes is where I usually shop. With no coupons, they still have the lowest prices. Bread, eggs, yogurt, jams, cereals, produce: they all cost less…