The Trolley Took Us There 08.27.10
Yet another brilliant Kodachrome photo by Alan Weeks of Highland Park’s “W” Streetcar in 1954. Recapturing the exact angle of this photo was more challenging than most. According to the Flickr caption this is York Blvd at Branch Street. (Bonus trivia: According to LA Creek Freak, the very dry Branch Street is named so because it once was the location for a BRANCH of the Arroyo Seco that came down from on top of Figueroa Street.)
Unlike many of the other locations around Highland Park that where mostly preserved over the past 60 years, this part of York Blvd. looks quite different today. The main thing that threw me off is the angle curve looks sharper, and many of the buildings seen in the 1954 are either gone, remodeled, or painted differently. Roofs went from green to brown. The houses on the right became Amberwood convalescent hospital. The Westinghouse Alliance shop today is a thrift store / smoke shop / DVD store, and a tile roof was added. At the floral shop on the right, gates, fences, and a new color was added over the years. More houses went up on the hills in the background. The electric lines and poles were moved. A traffic island was added. But what I couldn’t find was that building on the left, the cool storefront with brick and orange trim. It is not there anymore. Neither is that fire hydrant. Or the W Streetcar for that matter.