In bookstores now Scene of the Crime, Photographs from the LAPD Archive may be of limited interest to many but beyond the graphic crime scene photos are the eyes of some talented photographers and a view into Los Angeles’ always crime ridden core. As many will recall the photos were first compiled by locals Merrick Morton and Robin Blackman for an exhibit at their now closed storefront gallery Fototeka.
In other news while I was away:
Longtime local and Reggae historian Roger Steffens is profiled in the Orion, Cal State Chico’s online magazine.
In the New York Times the Insurance Premiums Take a Toll tells the story of Pioneer Markets recent closing.
9/11 Tribute at the Fire Department Academy adjacent to Elysian Park, where the largest steel portion of the WTC serves as a memorial.
The LA Times Calendar Live (unavailable without paid subscription) ran another bohemian, hipster, softer-kinder-gentrification article that at least focused on all the great shops and clubs in Echo Park.
Speaking of new shops, Masa is now serving breakfast and Chango at Chicken Corner is now up and selling coffee, ice cream and other baked goods.
On another note I’ve posted some photos of the beast that is the new Caltrans Building, affectionately referred to as the Death Star, on Archinect where I’m a contributor. You can also find my comments on an article that ran recently about the architect Harwell H. Harris in the Los Angeles Times Home section. Harris’ 1935 home still stands in Echo Park.