Episode #42: The Arts District, Then & Now

Join us this week as we talk with Carolyn Paxton, proprietor of Urban Radish, about the inspirations behind her new gourmet market in the Arts District. We’ll also visit with curator Terry Ellsworth to get a cross-section of life at the corner of Traction & Hewitt in the late 1980s, when there were more parking spaces than residents, and loft living was reserved for artists who liked things cheap and on the edge.

We’ll also discuss Sierra Madre’s beloved pig spared eviction, the possibility of a Starbucks moving into the landmark Gilmore Gas filling station on Highland, remembering L.A.‘s lost hills and tunnels, architect John Parkinson remembered in his home town of Bolton, England, a petition launched for turning the Historic Figueroa-Riverside Bridge into a park and a momentary snag at the Centennial Commemorative Civic Event and Reenactment at the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Also this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of November 4th, 2013.

Photo: Marc Kreisel at Al’s Bar in the early 1980s. Photograph by Anne Knudsen / Herald-Examiner

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Art Share LA, where Terry Ellsworth curates events.

Urban Radish website.

L.A. Arts District Historic Society page on Facebook.

Sierra Madre’s beloved pig spared eviction.

Neil the pig is in the news, again.

A new life for the landmark, derelict Gilmore gas station?

Sleuthing L.A.’s lost topography.

Bolton remembers native son John Parkinson. 

Petition in support of the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge as elevated park proposal.

LAVA’s Centennial Commemorative Civic Event and Reenactment at the Los Angeles Aqueduct event page.

LAVA’s November Monthly Sunday Salon

Broadway On My Mind Walking Tour #5, right after Salon.