Random Valley Front Yard of the Day #4

valleyhouse4.JPGThis great front yard has four cars, two sofas (MAKE AN OFFER), a chest of drawers (FOR SALE) and Christmas lights of the icicle species.

I love that there are no sidewalks here. That is the ACTUAL DIRT THAT LOS ANGELES IS BUILT ON.

You don’t see that stuff often.

The palm trees in this area were planted in rows lining many of the streets around 1910-1920. It’s cool to see them still here, and sucky when you see them get ripped out offhandedly for new housing developments. I know they’re just palm trees, and not historic, native oaks, but…still. Blah.

Check out this picture for some perspective on when the trees were planted. Yeah–see those wee trees? Same street. (The house in the 1912 photo was on the opposite side of the street about 100 feet north of this specimen.)

And that’s the SAME DIRT. I know. Crazy.

I like to squint my eyes and imagine the houses and open land layered on top of one another like a ghosted, double-exposed photograph, as time passes sped up, people walking by like quick little ants, building homes over the landscape, suns rising and setting, nights coming and going, the trees steadily growing through it all, moving slower than the rest, bending annually with the incident angle of the planet.

A close-up of our house specimen is here.

6 Replies to “Random Valley Front Yard of the Day #4”

  1. Yikes…don’t let the urban blight crews or Monrovia’s Neighborhood Preservation see that one. So sad to see what was likely a nice home fall so far into the depths.

    Those blasted palm trees. Love them or hate them they are iconic LA. Show people a run of Palm Trees anywhere in the world and LA comes to mind. We can thank I Love Lucy and her trip to Hollywood for that one.

    This has been an entertaining if not educational series.

  2. Lucinda…looking back I guess I wasn’t so clear. I love this series you are working on, its educational in a sly way and very entertaining. Keep it up…can’t wait for you to get to the east side of the Valley and back around Chatsworth Lake. The latter was my favorite place to ride a bike (when I was permitted to)before it was way over developed.

  3. so, hmm… i notice the caption in the old picture is the “Knapp” house….

    maybe a “not so random” house? ; )

  4. Well, our subject matter is pretty random, chosen primarily for its totally-rad set of vehicles & furniture. The fact that I reference the old family house isn’t very random, because, well, it’s one of the few images of the area from that time, and, being that it’s part of family history, I know it’s there; so I use it often as a gauge. That house in the photo is long gone, though; it was replaced a few years after the pic was taken by an edifice known to many as “The Owensmouth Castle,” which in turn collapsed in the Northridge earthquake, and now that parcel of land is just an empty field. Regrettably.

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