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The Trolley Took Us There 03.05.10

March 5, 2010

Image via The Electric Railway Historical Association

For this week’s edition of TTTUT, a somewhat grainy image of this familiar corner of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard. The Los Angeles Railway’s “W” car passes though York Junction on its way to downtown. The year was 1947.

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  1. YoYoYo permalink
    March 7, 2010 2:13 am

    Strange seeing the veterans square not full of drunks, hobos, vagabonds, drifters and pushy bums for once.

  2. March 7, 2010 9:13 am

    Great photo. I’m trying to figure out whether the two cars headed up York are a 1947 sideswipe or just a couple of cars going the same direction at the same time.

    That building—was it a Security First National Bank at one time?—was and is still one of my local favorites. I live in Garvanza now, and those old bricks bring a smile every time I pass York and Fig, which is often. Is the second floor now used for offices, or apartments, or what? Anybody know?

    And I’m definitely on board with those gas prices: 19 cents for regular, 21 cents for ethyl.

    YoYoYo, yeah, okay, but it’s also a place where people can sit in the shade on a hot day and watch the passing parade, and can make their political opinions known (kinda like our own Hyde Park corner). I’ve also found that looking someone in the eye, saying “Good morning,” and, if asked for change, adding, “Nope, can’t help out today,” while not breaking my own stride turns panhandling encounters into something a bit more human. (And when I can help out, I do. Karmic balance, you know …)

    Anyway, another good photo. Thanks, Waltarrr, and regards.

    • March 10, 2010 9:49 pm


      The building was the Arroyo Seco Bank, later Bank of America, now Union Bank. The same architects for the Security Banks, John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson designed this one as well. It happens to be Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #492. The 2nd floor there are offices. There is a dentist there by the name Y. H. Yoon.

  3. March 11, 2010 12:04 pm

    Now that we’re on the subject of that corner, I’m wondering if that pine tree is still there. I’m kind of on the side of YoYoYo over this one; (although I don’t recall a time the south/east corner wasn’t a magnet for homeless folks.)

    Thanks for pulling this image out of the archives for us


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