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Thursday, March 29, 2007 - Disappearing Character

Wall on La Brea, at First, on the south edge of Hollywood

This will be gone soon - what is left in and around the old Continental Graphics headquarters on La Brea on the south edge of Hollywood.

Park Labrea News / Beverly Press, July 27, 2006 -

    A Los Angeles-based development company has announced that plans are under way for two mixed-use projects on La Brea Avenue that are intended to bring new life to the thoroughfare.

    The developments, one at the former Continental Graphics property at 1st and La Brea, and the other at the former KCOP studios at Willoughby and La Brea, will include housing and retail spaces, as well as additional parking for the area. The properties are being developed by Bomel Companies, which is involved in the development of boutique hotels, mixed-use projects, and apartment management.

Continental Graphics - technical publications and services to support the aviation industry, then commercial art and graphic design - is long gone. Boeing bought them in 2003 and moved the headquarters down to El Segundo, with all the Hughes satellite and radar manufacturing they acquired in the late nineties. The boutique hotels haven't popped up at the old La Brea site yet.  It's just full of ghosts.

Wall on La Brea, at First, on the south edge of Hollywood
Wall on La Brea, at First, on the south edge of Hollywood
Wall on La Brea, at First, on the south edge of Hollywood
Wall on La Brea, at First, on the south edge of Hollywood
Wall on La Brea, at First, on the south edge of Hollywood

" as well as additional parking for the area " It is needed.

Private parking sign, with stickers, on La Brea at First, on the south edge of Hollywood

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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