Episode #42: The Arts District, Then & Now

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Marc Kreisel at Al’s Bar in the early 1980s. Photograph by Anne Knudsen

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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