Join us this week as we talk with Cal State Los Angeles history professor Mark Wild about his research into the contentious world of street speaking in early 20th century L.A. Then we cross the campus to visit the laboratories of the Criminalistics Department, for a glimpse into the cutting edge forensic science theories and investigative tools which could transform police work in the southland and beyond.

Plus, the CRA’s successor agency fences off park and plaza to curb “loitering,” the “MyFigueroa” Streetscape plan released, Charles Bukowski’s favorite sex shop is no more, Grand Central Market seeks permits for beer and wine sales into the early hours, and WAHA appeals to PLUM over that committee’s approval of the partial destruction of the landmark Bishop’s Mansion in West Adams. All this and more, as Kim & Richard usher in the week of August 19th, 2013.

Photo: Street Speaker in Pershing Square, circa 1948. Biltmore Hotel in the background.

Photo Credit: LAPL photo collection

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

MyFigueroa’ Streetscape Plan Released (PDF)

WAHA appeals to PLUM over partial demolition of the Bishop’s Mansion. Additional info on CEQA: Wikipedia, CEQA & Historic Resources, Flowchart (PDF).

CRA successor Agency fences off “Angels Knoll.” 

Charles Bukowski’s favorite sex shop is no more. Watch film footage of this block in its seedy prime.

Grand Central Market seeks master CUP for late night alcohol service (PDF).

Mark Wild’s CSULA faculty page, and his book Street Meeting: Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth Century Los Angeles (UC Press, 2005).

Harma & Matthew’s company, Electro-Mechanical Custom Creations (EMC2).

LAVA’s Monthly Sunday Salon, August

August’s Broadway On My Mind Tour (right after Salon!)

Roebling Bldg.‘s Batchelder Tile Tour