History of New Years Night Watch Service in Black Communities

History of New Years Night Watch Service in Black Communities             Forwarded to us by neighbor Sonya Smith & Angela Brown Many of you who live or grew up in Black communities in the United States have probably heard of "Watch Night Services," the gathering of the faithful in church on New Year's Eve. The…

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Sugar Hill 1936-1946

Sugar Hill 1936-1946A Former Resident Remembers His Sugar Hill Childhood (What Kids Did Before TV, Texting, Ipods, Video Games) I lived in a neoclassical mansion at 2218 Harvard Boulevard from the age of six months to about…

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Fire Station 26 Then and Now

Fire Station 26   Then and NowThe Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) was established in 1886 and currently operates 100 + neighborhood fire stations that render fire and emergency services to nearly four million residents covering 400 square miles. Serving the West Adams area is Fire Station 26, which has been a part of the…

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McCARTY MEMORIAL CHURCHDuring the 1920s and 1930s, due to the high concentration of religious structures lining both sides of Adams between Vermont and Crenshaw Boulevards, Adams Boulevard became known as the “street of churches”.  One of the most impressive is the McCarty Memorial Christian Church.  On a hill with a great tower…

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When the Neighborhood Was Filled with Nightclubs

Now get your memory cap on because we are going to go way back when. Let’s start with the RED HUT,located on the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and Western Ave. These were the days when everything was open 24/7 and all the Jazzy People hung out for good meals, breakfast,…

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A Brief History Of the Clark Library

A Brief History Of the Clark Library The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, located on the full block bounded by Adams, 25th, Cimarron, and St. Andrews, is a rare book and manuscript library that has been part of UCLA since 1926 (on paper) or 1934 (in fact). The Clark was founded by William Andrews Clark, Jr. (1877-1934),…

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Remembering Ira Westley and 23rd Street

Remembering Ira Westley and 23rd Street  In 1956 the sights and sounds of the neighborhoods we now call Kinney Heights and Western Heights were quite different.Even the reference name was different. Most people referred to the area bounded by Normandie, Arlington, Adams and Washington as Sugar Hill. Fruit trees, peach and orange, grew along the…

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Marguerite Davis 1929 - 2018

Marguerite Davis 1929 - 2018Marguerite Davis, one of the founding board members of the Mid-City Neighborhood Council, passed away on May 16, 2018.  At her service, her family, community members and city officials remembered the amazing Marguerite and her lifetime of service to her community.  Before she passed, Marguerite asked fellow MINC board…

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Patricia Gwendolyn Mitchell 1968 - 2018

Patricia Gwendolyn Mitchell 1968 - 2018Many of you may know that I have been contributing articles to The Neighborhood News for many years.Before formally taking on the “Public Safety" beat, I often wrote about politics, Los Angeles history, and scores of other things that fit with the mission of this publication. Dianne and I…

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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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