Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Greetings from Downtown Los Angeles


Postcard from Retiring Guy's collection

L.A.'s Broadway is poised for a major revival.  (Los Angeles Times, 2/5/2015)
After Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in 1927, thousands gathered on Broadway to give the famed aviator a ticker tape parade. A similar throng hailed John F. Kennedy during the presidential campaign of 1960. 
For most of the 20th century, Broadway was Los Angeles' cultural center. Now, after decades of neglect, the Broadway corridor is on the verge of a major revival. Amid the return of new stores and restaurants, the owners of the landmark former May Co. department store have unveiled plans for an ambitious makeover that could lift the surrounding blocks the way Staples Center did for its neighborhood more than a decade ago.

Related link:
Bringing Back Broadway.

Petula Clark's first and biggest hit, "Downtown" debuted at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending December 19, 1964.  It spent 15 weeks on the charts, 9 of them in the top 10 and 2 at #1.




Other greetings:
Giant Springs, Great Falls, Montana.  (5/23/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/22/2017)
Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.  (5/21/2017)
Brown Derby, Hollywood.  (5/20/2017)
Southern California.  (5/20/2017)
Mojave Desert (Joshua trees).  (5/20/2017)
Rose Hill Motel in Mena, Arkansas.  (5/20/2017)
Will Rogers Ranch.  (5/20/2017)
Grauman's Chinese Theater.  (5/18/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/18/2017)
Barstow, California.  (5/17/2017)
California.  (5/14/2017)
Parklabrea Towers, L.A.  (5/14/2017)
La Jolla Children's Pool.  (5/13/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
California.  (5/9/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
California.  (5/8/2017)
Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
California.  (4/28/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

An $8.50 ticket to ride (breakfast optional)


Photo credit:  Madison Mamba

Reported in Private, amenity-filled shuttle service about to launch for Epic Systems workers.  (Madison.com, 5/21/2017)

And a-way we go!  (Bus fare at the time?  15 cents.)


Hello, Trump voters. Is everybody still happy?


States With the Most Americans on Disability.  (24/7 Wall St., 7/16/2016)


Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts.  (The New York Times, 5/22/2017)
The plan would cut by more than $72 billion the disability benefits upon which millions of Americans rely.

Make that A New Foundation for American Greediness.


Related reading:
White House Proposes Deep Cuts To Safety Nets With 'Taxpayer First' Budget Plan.  (NPR, 5/22/2017)
The plan was crafted with a skeptical eye toward programs that serve the needy. Over a decade, it calls for hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and disability benefits.

UPDATE: The top 20 drunkest and driest cities in the U.S., mapped


The Drunkest (and Driest) Cities in America.  (24/7 Wall St., 5/23/2017)
Excessive alcohol consumption patterns are not uniform across the nation, however, and residents of certain cities are much more likely to abuse alcohol than residents of others. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed excessive drinking rates in 381 metro areas to identify the drunkest and driest cities in the United States. Heavy drinking cities tend to have better educated, higher earning, and — counterintuitively — healthier populations than cities with the lowest excessive drinking rates.

10 of 'em are located in Wisconsin.



The drunkest:
  1. Green Bay, WI
  2. Eau Claire, WI
  3. Appleton, WI
  4. Madison, WI
  5. Fargo, ND
  6. Oshkosh-Neenah, WI
  7. Missoula, MT
  8. Grand Forks, ND
  9. Wausau, WI
  10. La Crosse, WI
  11. Mankato, MN
  12. Fond du Lac, WI
  13. Iowa City, IA
  14. Dubuque, IA
  15. Sheboygan, WI
  16. Watertown, NY
  17. Lincoln, NE
  18. Fairbanks, AK
  19. Ames, IA
  20. Milwaukee, WI


The driest:
  1. Provo, UT
  2. St. George, UT
  3. Beckley, WV
  4. Jackson, TN
  5. Charleston, WV
  6. Logan , UT
  7. Morristown, TN
  8. Parkersburg, WV
  9. Pine Bluff, AR
  10. Cleveland, TN
  11. Johnson City, TN
  12. Knoxville, TN
  13. Gadsden, AL
  14. Huntington, WV
  15. Kingsport, TN
  16. McAllen, TX
  17. Fort Smith, AR
  18. Ogden, UT
  19. Rocky Mount, NC
  20. Dothan, AL



Original 5/18/2016 post, "Now booking:  Bus tour of 12 of top 20 drunkest US cities", starts here.


Drunkest city in US? It's Appleton, report says. (Appleton Post-Crescent, 5/17/2016)
"Appleton is home to the largest share of binge and heavy drinkers in both Wisconsin and the country," according to a release issued today by 24/7 Wall St. The group analyzed self-reported data from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Hurry!  Sign up now before the next list comes out!

Last year in April, a report from Center for Disease Control and Prevention named Fargo, North Dakota, the drunkest city in the U.S.   (It's #5 on the 24/7 Wall St. list.)

A month earlier in 2015, Men's Health magazine selected Fresno, California, as the drunkest of U.S. cities. Fargo ranks 26th out of 100.  Wisconsin cities on the list:  Madison (15), Milwaukee (58).  That's all folks!

In December 2011, The Daily Beast analyzed data from Experian, a market research firm, determined that Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts, were #1 and #2, respectively.  Milwaukee, the only Wisconsin city to make the list, ranked #3.  In the above mentioned Men's Health poll, Boston just makes the list at #100.

The healthiest county in each Midwestern state: Johnson County, Kansas


Healthiest County in Every State.  (24/7 Wall Street, 5/9/2017)



Part of the Kansas City Missouri-Kansas metro area, Johnson County is Kansas' 2nd fastest-growing county.  Its population has increased 831% since 1950, compared to a 12% decrease during the same period in Wyandotte County, the state's unhealthiest county. Johnson County's nonwhite population is 19.5% of its total compared to 57.9% in Wyandotte.

'Midwest' as defined by this map.



Other numbers
% of population living in poverty
  • Johnson County | 5.5%
  • Wyandotte County | 21.9%
  • Kansas | 13.0%
  • U.S.  13.5%
    % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
    • Johnson County | 52.8%
    • Wyandotte County | 15.9%
    • Kansas | 31.0%
    • U.S. | 29.8%
    Median household income:
    • Johnson County | $76,113
    • Wyandotte County | $40,113
    • Kansas | $52,205
    • U.S. | $53,889

    Source:  Wikipedia


    Other posts in this series:
    Monroe County, Illinois.  (5/21/2017)
    Hamilton County, Indiana.  (5/22/2017)
    Sioux County, Iowa.  (5/23/2017)


    Original 4/12/2017 post starts here.

    The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/201\7)

    Wyandotte County, Kansas

    Source:  Wikipedia





    Other numbers
    % of population living in poverty
    • Wyandotte County | 21.9%
    • Kansas | 13.0%
    • U.S.  13.5%
      % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
      • Wyandotte County | 15.9%
      • Kansas | 31.0%
      • U.S. | 29.8%
      Median household income:
      • Wyandotte County | $40,113
      • Kansas | $52,205
      • U.S. | $53,889
      The least healthy county in each Southern state.

      Tuesday, May 23, 2017

      Greetings from Giant Springs State Park, Great Falls, Montana


      From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

      Giant Springs saw 428,930 visitors in 2016, up 2 percent from last year. Montana State Parks saw a total of 2,659,529 visitors, up 7 percent from 2017.

       1954 photo by Retiring Guy's dad

      While living in Great Falls from November 1952 until July 1957, our family made frequent visits to Giant Springs.   Back in the day when family drives were a popular form of recreation, we didn't have a whole lot of other options in the immediate vicinity.  By a wide margin, Gibson Park was #1 on our destination list.

      What I remember most from these visits is the gurgling, churning, noisy water rushing hypnotically under the concrete walking bridge.  Note the absence of any type of guard rails, even though the water is shallow.  

      It's surprising to me that railings have never been installed here, considering that child safety seat laws have been in place in all 50 states since 1985.  Not to mention bike helmet laws and the declining percentage of children who walk to school. 

      Guard rails, of course, would seriously detract from the park's appeal. Perhaps this issue has already been debated and set aside.

      Getting there from 112 8th St. N.

      Map is from the 1956 Great Falls Telephone Directory (arrows and text box added)

      Other greetings:
      Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/22/2017)
      Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.  (5/21/2017)
      Brown Derby, Hollywood.  (5/20/2017)
      Southern California.  (5/20/2017)
      Mojave Desert (Joshua trees).  (5/20/2017)
      Rose Hill Motel in Mena, Arkansas.  (5/20/2017)
      Will Rogers Ranch.  (5/20/2017)
      Grauman's Chinese Theater.  (5/18/2017)
      Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/18/2017)
      Barstow, California.  (5/17/2017)
      California.  (5/14/2017)
      Parklabrea Towers, L.A.  (5/14/2017)
      La Jolla Children's Pool.  (5/13/2017)
      Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
      Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
      California.  (5/9/2017)
      Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
      California.  (5/8/2017)
      Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
      La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
      Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
      Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
      Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
      California.  (4/28/2017)
      Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
      Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
      Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
      Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
      Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
      Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
      Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
      Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

      School board member makes inexcusable lapse of judgment in Trump's America: Marion County, Iowa


      Knoxville school board member resigns after alleged Trump assassination comment.  (Des Moines Register, 5/19/2017)
      WHO Radio reported Helle's Facebook post said: "I was saying that Trump ... needs to be neutralized. Trump needs to take in a show at Ford's Theater." The comment likely refers to President Abraham Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.


      Source:  Wikipedia


      Source:  CNN

      Other Trump's America posts:
      Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  (5/22/2017)
      Douglas County, Oregon.  (5/17/2017)
      Perry County, Illinois.  (5/8/2017)
      Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (5/5/2017)
      Greene County, Pennsylvania.  (5/3/2017)
      Huntington County, Indiana.  (4/27/2017)
      Lawrence County, South Dakota.  (4/27/2017)
      Gaines County, Texas.  (4/26/2017)
      St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.  (4/26/2017)
      Morgan County, Colorado.  (4/25/2017)
      Oneida County, Wisconsin.  (4/24/2017)
      (Trending) Trump's America.  Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. (4/22/2017)
      Van Wert County, Ohio.  (4/12/2017)
      (Impatient) Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.  (4/18/2017)
      New Jersey's 7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)
      Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (4/3/2017)
      Trumbull County, Ohio.  (4/3/2017)
      lMarion County, Tennessee.  (4/1/2017)
      Illinois 16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
      New York 19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
      Granger, Indiana, bad hombre.  (3/26/2017)
      Clark County, Kansas.  (3/21/2017)
      Defiance County, Ohio .  (3/21/2017)
      Williams County, Ohio.  (3/21/2017)
      Sawyer County, Wisconsin.  (3/20/2017)
      Clark County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
      Taylor County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
      Highland County, Ohio.   (3/19/2017)
      Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
      Pepin County, Wisconsin. (3/19/2017)
      Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
      Buffalo County:  The Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma.  (3/7/2017)
      Franklin County, Illinois.  (2/27/2017)
      Knox and Whitley counties, Kentucky.  (2/17/2017)
      Cabell County, West Virginia.  (2/9/2017)
      Where voters abandoned the Democratic Party in droves.   (2/7/2017)
      Poweshiek and Webster counties, Iowa.  (2/7/2017)
      Adams and Waushara counties, Wisconsin.  (2/6/2017)
      McHenry County, Illinois.  (2/5/2017)
      Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
      Mitchell County, Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
      Fayette County, West Virginia.  (1/24/2017)
      Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series.  (1/24/2017)
      Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.  (1/21/2017)
      Get me rewrite: Buncha white people in Boone County, Iowa, talk about Trump.  (1/15/2017)
      UPDATE. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania is a Trump election success story.  (1/14/2017)
      Monticello, Iowa. New York Times joins the search for Trump's America, a very white place.  (1/13/2017)
      UPDATE. Boston Globe reporter continues to explore Trump's America, where mostly white people live.  (1/13/2017)

      Case of the Quadrennial Democrats UPDATE. Dear Taylor County Wisconsin residents, Is this really what you want?


      Especially if you or a family member participate in a Medicaid-funded program.


      According to the 2016 Taylor County Wisconsin Public Health Profile (page 5), long-term care benefits = $179.20 per capita.


      Trump received 70% of the Taylor county vote in last year's presidential election, the highest percentage of any Wisconsin county.


      11/19/2016 update starts here.
      2016 update:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (100% reporting)

      2012-2016 % change in vote by party
      •   +17.6%  Republicans
      •   -36.2%  Democrats
      Third party tallies
      • Gary Johnson 279 (3%) 
      • Jill Stein 67 (1%) 

      County rankings of vote change by party


      Counties where Trump won 60% or more of the vote are highlighted


      Source:  Wikipedia  (rotation added)

      Updated posts:
      Wisconsin.  (11/9/2016)
      Adams County.  (11/9/2016)
      Ashland County.  (11/9/2016)
      Barron County.  (11/9/2016)
      Bayfield County.  (11/9/2016)
      Brown County.  (11/9/2016)
      Buffalo County.  (11/9/2016)
      Burnett County.  (11/10/2016)
      Calumet County.  (11/10/2016)
      Chippewa County.  (11/10/2016)
      Clark County.  (11/10/2016)
      Columbia County. (11/10/2016)
      Crawford County.  (11/11/2016)
      Dane County. (11/11/2016)
      Dodge County.  (11/11/2016)
      Door County.  (11/11/2016)
      Douglas County.  (11/11/2016)
      Dunn County.  (11/11/2016)
      Eau Claire County.  (11/11/2016)
      Florence County.  (11/12/2016)
      Fond du Lac County.  (11/12/2016)
      Forest County.  (11/12/2016)
      Grant County.  (11/13/2016)
      Green County.  (11/13/2016)
      Green Lake County.  (11/13/2016)
      Iowa County.  (11/13/2016)
      Iron County.  (11/13/2016)
      Jackson County.  (11/14/2016)
      Jefferson County.  (11/14/2016)
      Juneau County.  (11/14/2016)
      Kenosha County.   (11/14/2016)
      Kewaunee County.  (11/14/2016)
      La Crosse County.  (11/14/2016)
      Lafayette County.  (11/14/2016)
      Langlade County.  (11/15/2016)
      Lincoln County.  (11/15/2016)
      Manitowoc County.  (11/15/2016)
      Marathon County.  (11/15/2016)
      Marinette County.  (11/15/2016)
      Marquette County.  (11/16/2016)
      Menominee County.  (11/15/2016)
      Milwaukee County.  (11/15/2016)
      Monroe County.  (11/16/2016)
      Oconto County.  (11/16/2016)
      Oneida County.  (11/16/2016)
      Outagamie County.  (11/16/2016)
      Ozaukee County.  (11/16/2016)
      Pepin County.  (11/16/2016)
      Pierce County.  (11/16/2016)
      Polk County.  (11/17/2016)
      Portage County.   (11/17/2016)
      Price County.  (11/17/2016)
      Racine County.  (11/18/2016)
      Richland County.  (11/18/2016)
      Rock County.  (11/18/2016)
      Rusk County.  (11/18/2016)
      Sauk County.  (11/18/2016)
      Sawyer County.   (11/18/2016)
      Shawano County.  (11/19/2016)
      Sheboygan County.  (11/19/2016)
      St. Croix County.  (11/19/2016)


      Original 11/24/2014 post, "Taylor County, Wisconsin: The Case of the Quadrennial Democrats", starts here.

      2008-2010 drop in Democratic voter participation:  48% vs. 8% for Republicans.
      2012-2014 drop in Democratic voter participation:  41% vs. 4% for Republicans.

      Walker's vote total increased by 28% in 2014 compared to 2010.  Mary Burke received 6% fewer votes than Tom Barrett in 2010.

      2008, 2010, and 2012 election figures from the (soon-to-be-snuffed?) Government Accountability Board.  The 2014 figures are preliminary.

      Source:  Wikipedia

      We're still waiting to hear from Scott Walker on Trump budget's impact on poor, elderly, disabled


      Photo credit:  Yeshiva World News

      Headline from Madison.com, 5/23/2017
      [David] Lee [executive director of Feeding Wisconsin] said the proposed federal work requirement for food stamp recipients would make it easier to implement Walker’s proposal to require parents who receive food stamps to work at least 80 hours per month to continue to receive full benefits.
      Reporter mentioned no effort to contact Governor's office for a statement.

      From before Chris Christie was put out to pasture.
      SHOCKER! One of the Fabulous Felonious Brothers raises the gas tax.  (10/5/2016)
      This is how far Chris Christie, one of the Fabulous Felonious Brothers, has fallen.  (6/17/2016)
      Chris Christie: From an aura of inevitability to inability.  (2/11/2016)
      Headline News: The Fabuous Felonious Brothers read from the same script.  (1/14/2015)
      The Fabulous Felonious Brothers feud.  (10/28/2014)
      The Fabulous Felonious Brothers on the minimum wage.  (10/23/2014)
      The Fabulous Felonious Brothers take Hudson. (9/30/2014)
      Fabulous Felonious Brothers tour in the offing? (8/6/2014)
      Point/Counterpoint: Scott Walker and Chris Christie on the Republican fight against gay marriage.  (7/15/2014)
      Meet the Fabulous Felonious Brothers.  (6/21/2014)

      UPDATE. The healthiest county in each Midwestern state: Sioux County, Iowa


      Healthiest County in Every State.  (24/7 Wall Street, 5/9/2017)

      Located in the northwestern corner of Iowa, Sioux County is an anomaly among the healthiest counties in the U.S.  It's not located within a thriving metro area, and its demographics don't present a stark difference from the state's unhealthiest county.


      Other numbers
      % of population living in poverty
      • Sioux County | 7.6%
      • Wapello County | 16.0%
      • Iowa | 12.2%
      • U.S.  13.5%
        % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
        • Sioux County | 25.5%
        • Wapello County | 16.8%
        • Iowa | 26.7%
        • U.S. | 29.8%
        Median household income:
        • Sioux County | $61,627
        • Wapello County | $42,096
        • Iowa | $53,183
        • U.S. | $53,889

        Source:  Wikipedia


        Other posts in this series:
        Monroe County, Illinois.  (5/21/2017)
        Hamilton County, Indiana.  (5/22/2017)


        Original 4/12 post starts here.

        'Midwest' as defined by this map.


        The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/2017)

        Wapello County, Iowa


        Source:  Wikipedia




        Other numbers
        % of population living in poverty
        • Wapello County | 16.0%
        • Iowa | 12.2%
        • U.S.  13.5%
          % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
          • Wapello County | 16.8%
          • Iowa | 26.7%
          • U.S. | 29.8%
          Median household income:
          • Wapello County | $42,096
          • Iowa | $53,183
          • U.S. | $53,889

          Source:  CNN


          Related post:
          Pulaski County, Illinois.  (4/11/2017)
          Scott County, Indiana.  (4/11/2017)

          The least healthy county in each Southern state.

          Monday, May 22, 2017

          Greetings from the bright lights of Hollywood Boulevard


          Colorized

          From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

          Martin Turnbull shares this black and white version.


          Related link
          The premiere of the premiere.  (Only in Hollywood, 12/21/2015)
          Grauman opened his first Hollywood movie palace, the Egyptian Theatre, on October 18, 1922 with one of the most expensive movies of the 1920s, Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks and Wallace Beery. Costing upwards of a million dollars to produce, the film was deserving of a spectacular opening night and Grauman delivered with giant klieg lights sweeping the sky, limousines lined up for blocks and movie stars, swathed in diamonds and furs, arriving by the dozens. Tickets to the premiere cost $5 apiece and hundreds of fans lined up for hours just to see their favorite screen idols. This set the standard for decades of premieres to come.

          Other greetings:
          Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.  (5/21/2017)
          Brown Derby, Hollywood.  (5/20/2017)
          Southern California.  (5/20/2017)
          Mojave Desert (Joshua trees).  (5/20/2017)
          Rose Hill Motel in Mena, Arkansas.  (5/20/2017)
          Will Rogers Ranch.  (5/20/2017)
          Grauman's Chinese Theater.  (5/18/2017)
          Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/18/2017)
          Barstow, California.  (5/17/2017)
          California.  (5/14/2017)
          Parklabrea Towers, L.A.  (5/14/2017)
          La Jolla Children's Pool.  (5/13/2017)
          Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
          Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
          California.  (5/9/2017)
          Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
          California.  (5/8/2017)
          Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
          La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
          Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
          Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
          Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
          California.  (4/28/2017)
          Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
          Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
          Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
          Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
          Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
          Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
          Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
          Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

          Greetings from Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles


          From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

          In this Wikipedia photo of the former Bullock's Wilshire department store, you'll see no busy crowds; the sidewalk is empty. 


          Related articles:
          Here's Your Chance to Tour the Iconic Bullocks Wilshire Building.  (Curbed, 7/12/2016)
          For two days this month, the historic Bullocks Wilshire Building on will open to the public for tours and tea service. One of the most iconic structures in Los Angeles, the former department store has been occupied by Southwestern Law School since 1994. As such, it’s normally closed off to curious visitors, but on July 30 the school is offering docent-led tours of the building’s interior. 
          Built in 1929, the Bullocks Wilshire once stood as a proud monument to the consumer culture of Los Angeles. With windows facing the street and a huge parking lot in the back, it was one of the first stores of its kind built with the automobile in mind. At the time of its construction, its familiar green copper spire was visible for miles around and beckoned shoppers to the Cathedral-like structure.

          Other greetings:
          Brown Derby, Hollywood.  (5/20/2017)
          Southern California.  (5/20/2017)
          Mojave Desert (Joshua trees).  (5/20/2017)
          Rose Hill Motel in Mena, Arkansas.  (5/20/2017)
          Will Rogers Ranch.  (5/20/2017)
          Grauman's Chinese Theater.  (5/18/2017)
          Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/18/2017)
          Barstow, California.  (5/17/2017)
          California.  (5/14/2017)
          Parklabrea Towers, L.A.  (5/14/2017)
          La Jolla Children's Pool.  (5/13/2017)
          Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
          Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
          California.  (5/9/2017)
          Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
          California.  (5/8/2017)
          Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
          La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
          Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
          Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
          Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
          California.  (4/28/2017)
          Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
          Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
          Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
          Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
          Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
          Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
          Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
          Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)