Sunday, July 31, 2005

Jane Goodall


ERSI Conference

Where is your favorite festival

Map Gallery Opening


The two developments that I found most interesting at the international GIS conference are the integration of GIS and Macromedia Flash and tagging of photos with their longitude and latitude. The interactive features of flash and the intuitive nature of maps make for a powerful educational tool. Example of this can be found at Schooling Learning. In addition, the spatial and temporal nature of the human experience is most vividly displayed with this Flash map of the US causalities of the war in Iraq.

With the wide availability of digital cameras and GPS receivers, the wide spread use of the linking of these two technologies is inevitable. For city planners this opens up a whole new avenue of opportunities for fieldwork.

Saturday, July 30, 2005






Each of these buildings is designated a historic monument by the City of Los Angeles. I have created a Flickr Pool to encourage others to document these icons of Los Angeles cultural and architectural history. The response to this pool has exceeded my expectations. A. David Bullock has taken this idea to another level by mapping these monuments using Google maps with a link back to a Flickr image of the building.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

North Long Beach 6

North Long Beach 5

North Long Beach 4

North Long Beach 3

North Long Beach 2

North Long Beach 1

For the past two days, I have conducted a field
survey in North Long Beach measuring housing
and infrastructure conditions. North Long Beach
is a modest working class community. The
interior streets have predominately well maintained
single family housing stock. Unfortunately, when visitors
drive though, they only see the economically
neglected corridors.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Lomita Gas Processing Plant 2

Lomita Gas Processing Plant

Lomita Gas Processing Plant

Lomita Gas Processing Plant 3

Lomita Gas Processing Plant 1

Contrary to popular images of Los Angeles,
our region has one of the largest concentrations
of industrial activity in the world. The oil
boom of the 1920s was the first wave of
industrial development for the region.
This idle Lomita Gas Processing Plan in Long
Beach in the heart of Long Beach is a vestige
of this gilded age. Other reminders of this past
can be found here.

Saturday, July 16, 2005


Land Use

Land Use

Carthay Circle Monument Sign

Bounded by Wilshire Boulevard to the north, Fairfax Boulevard to the East, Olympic Boulevard to the south, and Beverly Hills to the West, Carthay Circle was developed by J. Harvey McCarthy in 1922. The streets of Carthay Circle named in remembrance of people of the California Gold Rush. Carthay Circle is one of twenty historic districts (HPOZ) in Los Angeles. Others include South Carthay.

When planning the development between 1922 and 1944, landscape architects Cook and Hill chose an irregular street grid pattern that produced limited access to Carthay Circle from the boulevards. Amongst the various styles found in Carthay Circle, the Spanish Colonial style is the most popular. Yet no two homes are alike due to the rule that all homes had to be designed individually by an architect.

Land Use

San Vicente Street Sign

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Boycott Sidewalk Cafe

RIP: Venice

No Commercial Vending

On October 27, 2004 the Los Angeles City Council amended LAMC 42.15 to require a "public expression participant permit" for "activities" on the beach side of the Venice Boardwalk. A lottery was to be used to allocate designated spaces. The intent of this lottery/permit system was to reduce the number of disputes among the vendors, performers, artists and activists for the most coveted spaces. This ordinance has been enforced since March 1, 2005 without California Coastal Commission certification. The California Coastal Commission and City of Los Angeles has joint jurisdiction of the beach side of the Venice Boardwalk and all "development" activities relate to coastal access needs Coastal Commission certification before implementation. I am not sure why the activists fighting this ordinance have not picked up on this fact.

Free speech for rent

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Towers of Simon Rodia: HCM#15

Pellissier Building: HCM#118

Wilshire Christian Church Building: HCM#209

Bullocks Wilshire: HCM#56

Wilshire Tower: HCM# 332

General Douglas MacArthur Park: HCM #100

I believe that photography is an essential instrument in the planner's toolbox. However, the quality of much of the photography we see from planning departments and their consultants are lacking in basic principles of photography. So with this in mind, I plan to photography all of the City of Los Angeles designated historic buildings and places. The City of Los Angeles has over 500 designated "historical-cultural monuments" that define the cultural heritage of this city. A complete list of the Historic-cultural monuments is contained in the book: Landmark L.A.( or online

In addition, I have created a Flickr pool to invite others to create a photo database of historic-cultural monuments in Los Angeles.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

City Walk at Dusk

City Walk at Dusk

City Walk at Dusk

City Walk at Dusk 1

I like CityWalk. I think some of the early criticism of it as being
elitist and presenting a fake version of Los Angeles has not
materialized. The $10 flat rate parking fee has not deterred the
assemblage of patrons reflecting the class and ethnic diversity
of Los Angeles.

City Walk at Dusk 2