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June 27, 1987 | ROBERT JOHN PIERSON, Pierson is the author of "The Beach Towns: A Walker's Guide to L.A.'s Beach Communities" (Chronicle Books).
When they first surveyed the open fields, wooded hills and scattered orchards of Cahuenga Valley, the Prohibitionist couple from Kansas dreamed of creating a Christian utopia in this frost-free belt. Purchasing 120 acres in 1887, Horace and Daeida Wilcox subdivided the property, plotted streets, planted pepper trees and offered free lots to any church community. Gambling halls, billiard dens and saloons were prohibited when Hollywood was born.
January 29, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne architecture critic >>>
Think of the new W Hollywood Hotel & Residences complex as equal parts Chateau Marmont, L.A. Live and Pershing Square. The 15-story, $600-million development, designed by Dallas-based architecture firm HKS, combines on a single L-shaped site the W's hotel and condominium towers with a 375-unit apartment block called 1600 Vine. The whole ensemble is draped in gigantic billboards, wrapped around a sizable public plaza leading to a Metro Red Line subway stop and squeezed in next to the landmark 1924 Taft Building at Hollywood and Vine.
June 21, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Marisa Gerber and David Zahniser
The killing of a woman in the heart of Hollywood's tourists district is bringing new calls for a crackdown against aggressive panhandlers. On Tuesday at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, a 23-year-old woman collapsed after being fatally stabbed across the street. Police arrested a transient who had allegedly demanded $1 from her after she took his photo. The death of Christine Calderon left the Hollywood tourist district stunned and on Friday prompted Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti to call for increased patrols, including by horse-mounted units.
April 11, 1994
Mabel Eby, 78, who oversaw the always sensitive ticket distributions and seating arrangements for 44 annual Academy Award presentations and the longest-serving employee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She came to the academy in 1945, when it was at Hollywood and Vine before moving to Beverly Hills. She retired in 1988 and was credited with knowing more film stars and executives than most of the industry members she served. In Beverly Hills on Thursday after a long illness.
June 7, 2009
Re: "Pinching pennies in Hollywood," June 4: There's no doubt that people are spending less on essentials and incidentals. However, some attractions for tourists and locals alike are free and fun. Case in point: Los Angeles' Metro system, which has glamorous stations at Hollywood and Vine, and Hollywood and Highland. At the latter, in front of the sidewalk entry, free Metro Art Tours start at 10 a.m. every first Saturday of the month. Morley J. Helfand, Metro Art Council Docent Arcadia
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