Friday, November 4, 2011
Photo-finish Friday: out and about
Two pics today. Above is a flight of steps leading from Fifth Street in downtown Los Angeles to the top of what was once the city's wealthiest neighborhood, Bunker Hill. In decline after WWI, its Victorian era houses were subdivided into multi-family residences and by mid-century it was a neglected, low-rent area. To get a glimpse of it back then, watch the documentary-style movie The Exiles made by a USC film student in 1961 (an interesting film about urban Native Americans, currently available at Netflix).
Today Bunker Hill is the location of several high-rise office buildings, providing the profile of the LA skyline often seen in movies and TV series set here. Walk up those 101 steps, turn around, and you get a view of what lies below: the Los Angeles Public Library.
It's mid-morning in the pics above, but starting around noon these steps will be filled with office workers on their way for lunch. A few will be like me when I used to work near here, headed for the library to hang out with books and book-lovers.
Photo-finish Friday is the bright idea of Leah Utas over at The Goat's Lunch Pail.
Coming up: Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)