The Great Plotnik

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Let's Plant Houses."

"Y'know, Cyrus, we could grow a lot o' turnips down there!"

Which great American city do you think you're looking at? How could either of those two guys, standing in 1900 on those little hills south of what is now the Hollywood Freeway, staring off at Los Feliz and the Hollywood Hills, imagine that L.A. and Hollywood would cover all that empty farm land within just a few decades?

"Nah, let's plant houses."

Here's the same view in 1920.

These photos are part of an amazing photo collection of old Echo Park/Silver Lake put together by Paul Furlong. The link was forwarded to TGP by his SEP (Son of Echo Park).

Here's that great school bus picture, taken on Baxter Street at Alvarado. Plot saw a moving van once in the same exact position -- shouldn'ta come up, canna get down.


At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Cousin Seattle said...

These are great! I always love seeing the real topography of LA before we ruined it :)

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous jj-aka-pp said...

Is that the street once coined "up/down, up/down"?

At 10:21 PM, Blogger DAK said...

Jenny Jen, Groucho's duck just came down and you win the $50 bucks! Yes indeed, that was Up Down Up Down Street. What a memory!


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