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Monday, July 16, 2007 Third and Western

Third and Western, and the area around it (Oakmont - Saint Andrews Square), is a strange neighborhood - Art Deco meets contemporary Korean and Guatemalan.  It's beyond multi-cultural.  Someone said that in the coming decades the world will either turn into Beijing or LA - and this one view of that new world.  See the Saint Andrews Square website, which includes the history of Saint Andrews Square, which dates back to 1910 when Western Avenue was the western boundary of the city of Los Angeles

    Streetcar lines from downtown ended at Western Avenue and commuters with houses in newly developing neighborhoods farther to the west walked home.

    One of those early neighborhoods is now known as Saint Andrews Square, which was largely developed by 1914.

    Like today, homes in the area were often used as shooting locations for the motion picture and television industries.

Just a bit south

In any event, on the northwest corner of Third and Western, there's this gold and black Art Deco beauty from the late twenties, now a Korean discount store.

Art Deco, black and gold, on the northwest corner of Third and Western, Los Angeles
Art Deco, black and gold, on the northwest corner of Third and Western, Los Angeles
Art Deco, black and gold, on the northwest corner of Third and Western, Los Angeles
Art Deco, black and gold, on the northwest corner of Third and Western, Los Angeles
Art Deco, black and gold, on the northwest corner of Third and Western, Los Angeles
Art Deco, black and gold, on the northwest corner of Third and Western, Los Angeles

Everyone is all smiles, multicultural smiles.

Neighborhood detail, Western Avenue, Los Angeles

Local walls

Mural, Western Avenue, near Third, Los Angeles
Mural, Western Avenue, near Third, Los Angeles

The local Yeti

Yeti, storefront, West 2nd Street at Western, Los Angeles
Yeti, storefront, West 2nd Street at Western, Los Angeles

Next to the gold and black

Nat King Cole Post Office at 265 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles

In case you were wondering

    The official dedication of the Nat King Cole Post Office at 265 South Western Avenue, in Los Angeles was held on December 7th, 2002.

    This ceremony had all the making of a Hollywood movie, as Postmaster James Smith, U.S. Postal Service District Manager William Almarez, Councilman Tom LaBonge (4th District), Congressman Xavier Becerra (United States House of Representatives, 30th District of California) were joined by Nat King Coles Family his widow, brother Freddie, two daughters Natalie and Carole, and Jon Polk and Alan Livingstone, Capitol Records Executives for the renaming of the Oakwood Post Office to Nat King Cole Post Office.

    "Nat King Cole remains an icon as one of America's most beloved entertainers, even 37 years after his untimely death in 1965. His story is one of determination, courage, and resilience. Mr. Cole was one of the pioneers who left his mark in an industry that is now part of the fabric of Los Angeles. But his impression on our city and this nation goes beyond that" stated Congressman Xavier Becerra who sponsored legislation to rename the Post Office.

    An oversize stamp and plaque was placed on the named Post Office. The wording on the plaque states "This Building Is Named In Honor of Nat King Cole. By Act of Congress P. L. 102-271 October 30th, 2002."

Ah!

Did someone mention the local communists?

"Do the Math" sticker on pick-up truck, Western Avenue, Los Angeles

If you wish to use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me.  And should you choose to download any of these images and use them invoking the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, please provide credit, and, on the web, a link back this site.

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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