Paradise Tranquility

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January 2021

WesternHeightsWestern Heights Historic Preservation Overlay Zone

Located just north of the Santa Monica Freeway in Historic West Adams, Western Heights HPOZ is an architecturally diverse enclave filled with custom built homes and modest commercial buildings dating from the turn of the 20th century. The residential streets are characterized by two and two-and-one-half story single family residences in architectural styles including Queen Anne, Craftsman, Tudor Revival, and Spanish Colonial Revival, designed by some of the most prominent architects of Los Angeles, such as Myron Hunt and Paul Williams. Just outside the HPOZ, along Washington Boulevard features fine examples of the Streamline Moderne style as well as commercial adaptations of the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Much of the community’s architectural integrity remains intact despite the construction of the Santa Monica Freeway. The Western Heights HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 2001.

Carroll Avenue VictorianCarroll Avenue “Carroll Avenue is one of Los Angeles first suburbs, and bears its name well, as it brings the city many tourists and visitors. The houses, or rather Victorian manors, are now used as private homes, as they were in the 19th century. Some of the more well known residents from the Victorian era include: merchant Aaron P. Philips in 1887, real estate agent Charles C. Haskin in 1894, and warehouse operator Michael Sanders in 1887. One of Los Angeles’ first City Councilmen, Daniel Innes, resided at 1329 Carroll Avenue.”

Storybook Style house, Culver CityWestside architectural tour with Gayle

Visit with Mark and Marilyn

Aunt MarieVisit with Marie in Eagle Rock, neighborhood walk and drive home on surface streets.

Virginia Country Club neighborhood, Long Beach.Virginia Country Club neighborhood, Long Beach.

Averill ParkVinegar Hill neighborhood and Averill Park, San Pedro.

Saguaro CactusLong Beach neighborhood east of the LA River and south of Wardlow.

Squirrell, LA River Trail34th Street Greenbelt and LA River Trail, with red shouldered hawk, horses and a rooster.

I'm thinking of a poem

The Unknown Citizen
W. H. Auden – 1907-1973

(To JS/07 M 378
This Marble Monument
Is Erected by the State)

He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint,
For in everything he did he served the Greater Community.
Except for the War till the day he retired
He worked in a factory and never got fired,
But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc.
Yet he wasn’t a scab or odd in his views,
For his Union reports that he paid his dues,
(Our report on his Union shows it was sound)
And our Social Psychology workers found
That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.
The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day
And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way.
Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured,
And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital but left it cured.
Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare
He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Instalment Plan
And had everything necessary to the Modern Man,
A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.
Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held the proper opinions for the time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went.
He was married and added five children to the population,
Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his generation.
And our teachers report that he never interfered with their education.
Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

The time is now. Or is it?

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