Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDanielOscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952) owned several homes in the West Adams area, each one finer than the last, as her career progressed from singer and vaudeville entertainer to world-renown actress. McDaniel was born in 1895 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter former slaves. Hattie toured the country as a singer…

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Fatburgers!

Fatburgers!How would you describe the most epic burger you’ve ever had? “Delicious,” “juicy,” and of course, “fat” are all used to describe a meal at Fatburger, an international fast-food restaurant rooted in the heart of Los Angeles.But anyone who was lucky enough to visit the original Jefferson Park location…

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Lou Rawls Residence 1120 South Gramercy Place

Lou Rawls Residence 1120 South Gramercy Place From West Adams' Landmarks of African American History His voice is as distinctive and instantly recognizable as any in music. From his early days in gospel to his collaborations with Sam Cooke, from The Dick Clark Show at the Hollywood Bowl in 1959 to the opening for The Beatles in 1962…

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The Untold L.A.: The Perfect Holiday Gift for Mid-City Fans

The Untold L.A.: The Perfect Holiday Gift for Mid-City FansA 360-page rich compendium of 500 photos, 70 oral histories, and two hours of behind-the-scenes videos illustrating West Adams' architectural wonders and culture, "The Untold LA" is perfect gift for Mid-City fans who own iPads or Mac computers. It is the result of a two year documentary project by Jett Loe,…

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True Halloween Ghost Story: The Sad and Gruesome Story of Marion Parker NOT for the Faint of Heart

True Halloween Ghost Story: The Sad and Gruesome Story of Marion Parker NOT for the Faint of Heart Back in 1927, twin 12-year-olds, Marion and Marjorie Parker, were adored by their father, banker Perry Parker, an officer at Los Angeles First National Trust and Savings. The Parker family lived in a two-story, wood-shingled Victorian-style home at 1631 S. Wilton Place, and the girls attended Mt. Vernon Junior High,…

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Gay Civil Rights Early Roots in West Adams

Gay Civil Rights Early Roots in West Adams "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States." From the Library of Congress.…

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Good Golly! Look Who Lived in Mid-City.

Good Golly! Look Who Lived in Mid-City.LITTLE RICHARD VIRGINIA RD. LAFAYETTE SQUARE.Lafayette Square was already home to many notable residents when James Nelson Pattilo, a building contractor erected an Italian/Spanish Renaissance Revival residence on Virginia Road in the early 1920's.  Corinthian columns flank its front door, which also features an elaborately-carved surround. This home attracted…

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Remembering the 1930s in the Greater West Adams Neighborhood

Remembering the 1930s in the Greater West Adams NeighborhoodTurning the calendar back 80 years to the 1930’s, it’s been a joy to reflect on my early years in our house on West Blvd, (just north of Washington). It was a quiet, safe and friendly neighborhood. No gangs, no drugs. Houses were not surrounded by fences. Streets were not…

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Victoria Park

Victoria ParkOne "secret" pocket neighborhood in West Adams and Mid-City is Victoria Park, located just east of the Lowes Midtown. When Victoria Park was established a century ago, Pico Boulevard was 80 feet wide and paved, but it was at urban Los Angeles’ western reaches. The countryside still stretched west of…

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Wellington Square

Wellington Square In 1913 a Los Angeles Times display ad claimed “Undoubtedly, considering location and openings per se, Wellington Square is the choicest offering along Washington and West Adams today.” A little over 100 years later, Wellington Square is still considered one of Los Angeles’ prime neighborhoods. Bordered by West Boulevard. on…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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