Join us this week as we visit with Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission, for an update on the humanitarian and public policy crisis facing Skid Row. We’ll also talk with Cal State Los Angeles History Professor Mark Wild about Garfield Bromley Oxnam, a Methodist Minister who came to Skid Row nearly a century ago with a vision of empathy for the afflicted and a mission to restore their neighborhood—radical concepts then, and still worth discussing today.

We’ll also discuss Mayor Garcetti’s establishment of a nonprofit to aid city initiatives, plans for the long-derelict Art Deco Gilmore Gas station on Highland to become a drive-through Starbucks, encouraging news for preservation with L.A.‘s new Citywide Historic Context report, redevelopment plans for the Sunkist headquarters in Sherman Oaks, community outcry saves the Sunkist water tower in Ontario and urban archeologists explore the old State Building demolition site. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of July 7th, 2014

Photo credit: All Nation’s Chapel, 1924 (6th & Gladys), Skid Row today , and G. Bromley Oxnam.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Union Rescue Mission website. Reverend Andy Bales on Twitter. Our URM history blog.

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

L.A. Mayor Garcetti establishes a nonprofit to aid city initiatives.

Derelict Gilmore gas station to become a drive-through Starbucks.

Ken Bernstein explains L.A.’s first-ever citywide historic context survey.

Development plans for former Sunkist HQ parking lots.

Sunkist water tower survives in Ontario.

Old lawsuit backs theory that demolition crew found old L.A. Times foundation. Our newsletter editorial calling for the city to slow down when archeological finds like this one are made.

Booksigning at Vroman’s for Kim’s novel, The Kept Girl this Thursday.

July LAVA Sunday Salon

LAVA event — LAVA Crime Lab: Crash & Spatter.

Upcoming Bus Tours