Wednesday, August 4, 2010

HIDDEN HOLLYWOOD

Today while my car was being serviced, I walked around this funny little part of Hollywood. This peculiar area is hidden and broken up by boulevards, some sound stages, and many  ugly apartment buildings, although it is a little seedy, it has a steadfast charm. So much of the flats of Hollywood look like this, struggling to hang on, while over priced condos fly up into the sky. Although these modest buildings try in vain, to hide away  behind walls and hedges the new Hollywood is coming. Yes, they are funky and seedy but can't we give them credit for their endurance.  The sad truth is, in the not to long future this charm will be gone.









                                                  

14 comments:

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

So many hidden jewels in the city.

the gardeners cottage said...

hi kevin,

we love visiting our son who lives in hollywood. it always amazes me how quickly the neighborhoods change. literally from one block to the next. it really is fascinating just driving around and taking it all in.

~janet

ps ~ thank you for your thoughtful comment and suggestion today. i really needed the input.

Kimmy said...

Hello Kevin,
I am always amazed by the quirkiness and charm bestowed upon us by the taste of others.
The sad issue here is it is as if Hollywood and other areas like it are up for grabs--despite the classic homes and buildings that have survived decades of weather, tenants, and the like--this same charm and quirkiness will not be around for future generations.
I find it a truly sad situation.

Straight Talking Mama! said...

It will be so sad to see those go, I know when we visit LA, used to be once a year but haven't been for a couple of years, there's constant change and I know those cute places are going to disappear and that saddens me :o(

Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) said...

i've never been to hollywood, but these pictures certainly capture an essence of it that i might not even get to see if i came! i love peeking over fences to get a glimpse of life on the other side! i also love your blog. happy thursday!

Barbara said...

I miss Hollywood, and I love to imagine what those buildings looked like in their prime. I think for every monstrous condo complex built, they should have to beautify the block they sit on. That would sure help the uprise of the community.

normadesmond said...

the yellow with white trim (and porch) is too cute.

Liz Arnold said...

Hi, Kevin! Thanks for leaving a comment at Homebodies. Glad you liked the library series. Your blog is looking great! Keep it up... Liz

loveandlilac said...

I have visited Hollywood many times from the UK and love to discover these pretty back streets and imagine how they would have looked in Hollywood's heyday. It's such a shame that they are gradually disappearing - replaced by faceless apartment blocks and strip malls. Sadly it is happening in England too.
I've just discovered your blog. I think of Hollywood as my second home so this is a nostalgic read for me - thanks!

The Elegant Thrifter said...

You are such the neighborhood....spy. Stan

Dandy said...

Looks a bit like Savannah, Love it.

Stephen said...

I love these little secret, hidden spaces in Hollywood, & In Venice (California & Italy).... & I know some in Seattle & Portland... I will show you if you wish.

by land by air by sea said...

keavin

i've just been to our old haunts in st. barb, and lez of course. she has managed to score a geeen and green house - well, the old porch actually - fab.

you were on our mind...

Betho

Pam said...

Kevin, just stopping by again to enjoy the sights you routinely seem to capture. It's always a thrill to see charm. Aloha for now! Pam