There’s a downtown L.A. park under construction between Bunker Hill and City Hall, and one of the best places to get an overall glimpse is from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A.’s opera hall.
Here’s a recent, if rainy, view from the fourth floor balcony level overlooking Grand Avenue. The nosebleed tier provides a better view of the construction than the swells get. That’s the County Hall of Administration in the background.
Chandler, you may recall, was nicknamed Buff because of her maiden name, Buffum, and yes, her family owned the Buffum’s department store chain.
The $56 million Grand Avenue Civic Park, set to open in May 2012, will include “lawns, performance spaces, seating areas, walking paths, vegetation, an upgraded fountain and even a dog park,” says the L.A. Downtown News.
Spotted on Upland’s portion of Central Avenue, an intriguing mix of tenants. Any ideas for the vacant spaces?
Seen in Chino on Grove Avenue at Eucalyptus, a request for “clean dirt.” Good luck with that.
On the streets of Mexico City, a few blocks from the Zocalo, I saw this hip-high figure outside a restaurant. I took a photo because it looked awfully familiar.
And sure enough, there’s a chef’s figure on the counter at Nancy’s Cafe in Rancho Cucamonga, not to mention a life-sized version outside the Local Baker in Upland. They’re almost as prolific as garden gnomes.
Not long after being sent a photo of Restaurant Chino by a reader visiting the Dominican Republic, I was strolling in Mexico City and found Restaurante Los Angeles. That’s a nice Dodger blue awning. I didn’t check the menu to see if they serve bacon-wrapped hot dogs.
I recently posted photos here from Teotihuacan, seen on my Mexico City vacation. Friday’s column is about my visit to Xochimilco, a village within Mexico City.
First, here’s the San Bernardino de Siena church, where a bell ringer is about to go to work.
Colorful boats known as trajineras are lined up at an embarcadero.
A boatman uses a pole to guide a trajinera along a canal. It’s the only way to travel.
A boat of mariachis draws alongside a trajinera to play.
A couple of the homes nestled along the canal banks, almost hidden among the trees.
Sign on the men’s room at the plant nursery where we stopped. ‘Nuff said. The women’s room sign was more demure.
A view of the plant nursery.
And here’s our boat, waiting for us at the plant nursery. There was just a short trip from here back to the embarcadero, ending a pleasant two-hour cruise.
Proving once again that there’s a local angle to everything, Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday at age 79, once filmed a movie in the Inland Valley.
Specifically, “Sweet Bird of Youth,” a made-for-TV movie from 1989 in which the 57-year-old Taylor costarred with Mark Harmon in an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play. It was Taylor’s last significant role.
Filming took place over two days, May 11 and 12, 1989, in downtown Upland, which stood in for a 1950s Florida town. Some 140 local extras were part of the production.
Were you one of them? Did any of you witness the filming or watch the movie? What did you see?
An apartment complex in Pomona promises a window upgrade that sounds needlessly aggressive. I’ve heard of window valances, but window violences?
(Aaron Burr’s infliction of pain during a duel with Alexander Hamilton can be studied here.)
Tuesday brings the annual State of the City event for Upland.
The luncheon’s centerpiece is newly appointed Mayor Ray Musser giving a speech with an update and a look ahead from City Hall for the year.
In Montclair, the CompUSA building at 9059 Central Ave. at Moreno Street, vacant since 2007, is preparing for a new, non-retail tenant: a very large Asian-themed restaurant. Paradise Buffet will occupy 14,000 square feet and seat 300, according to City Hall.