The man my blog is named for passed away today. Goodbye, Mr. Marquez!
Swing Hero 1 on Flickr.
My buddy Marshall the other day in Venice Beach. Check out his music, Swing Hero, on Spotify and whatnot.
Like flowers scattered in a storm, man’s life is one long farewell.
—Johnnie Walker. Haruki Murakami, “Kafka on the Shore”
We have a winner!
Peter Wynn, at City of Mirrors, has won the first L.A. Times Past Know Your City contest. He was the first person (as far as I can tell) who went to the intersection of Fargo and Allesandro streets in Echo Park and took a picture that mirrors the one posted last week. That’s one of Wynn’s photos at the top. The contest photo is below.
Here’s the answer The Times provided on March 17, 1956:
ANSWER: Shown in the photo is what is officially recorded as Los Angeles’ steepest hill — the 2100 block of W Fargo St. It has a 32% grade and dips down from its lofty height to meet Allesandro St., where that thoroughfare intersects with Glendale Blvd.
I climbed the hill on Sunday, and I assure you that it is steep — as steep as many in San Francisco.
Below is another archival Times photo of Fargo Street, this time from March 1978.
Original published caption, March 10, 1978: THROUGH RAIN, HAIL … — Mailman Jim Korkus walks steepest street in L.A. to make deliveries.
To recap, the answer to the Know Your City contest: the 2100 block of Fargo Street, where it intersects with Allesandro in Echo Park. The winner: Peter Wynn. Congratulations.
And thanks to everyone who participated, including Twitter user @militantangeleno, who posted a Google Maps screengrab of the correct spot within 20 minutes of the contest starting. Another honorable mention: @chefcrza, who took a photo of the correct spot but was a day later than Wynn.
We’ll try this again next month. Leave your suggestions about the contest in the notes, if you’d like. One change I’m sure to make: The next contest will be much more difficult.
Another from Alessandro and Fargo, looking west at sunset.
Looking east up Fargo at Alessandro.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it: Find this L.A. location, and send us a photo of what it looks like now. You have until next Tuesday, April 1 (no joke).
We tried something similar in September, but now it feels as though it’s time to make this a regular feature. Once a month, we’ll post a photo that ran as a Know Your City feature in The Times. The original photo feature ran every day for 250 days — from Oct. 29, 1955, till July 26, 1956.
We’ll provide the clues from the past and (depending on difficulty) maybe a clue or two from the present. Your task will be to find the spot, and take your own photo of the area as it appears now. You’ll get to enjoy a historical scavenger hunt, and we’ll all learn about how our neighborhoods have changed.
The first person to correctly identify and photograph the scene will be featured in the answer post.
Here are your clues from the 121st installment of Know Your City in March 1956:
Aha! This is the time we’ve got you. This place has a certain distinction naturally. Otherwise, we would not have taken a picture of it. Okay, so where is it and what is its distinction? You’ll be enlightened on Page 11, Part 1.
Reply to this post or tweet the photo to @latimespast. (We reserve the right to edit for taste or any other factor.) Good luck.
[Update: Wednesday, March 26, 6 p.m.: Reader vpp89 is a pro. He or she found the correct location in Google Maps and uploaded a screenshot within a few hours of this post going live yesterday. But we weren’t looking for a Google Maps screengrab.
The hope with this contest is that you’ll be inspired to explore a new part of your city — or perhaps rediscover a part you know well. To win, you’ll need to submit your own photo of this location.
Last thing: I’ve seen some good criticism of the contest format on Twitter and will make a few tweaks next time. Thanks for participating.]
I’m gonna go win this thing.