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Building a Family: Past, Present, and Future of the Cat & Fiddle Pub

Founded by a fun-loving British musician, The Cat & Fiddle has been considered a second home to rich rockers, poor hipsters, intellectuals, artists, preps, and jocks alike.

About the Author

Hadley Meares is a writer, actress and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel "Absolutely" is now available on Amazon.
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Evergreen Cemetery: Snapshots of a Forever Changing Boyle Heights

Evergreen Cemetery: Snapshots of a Forever Changing Boyle Heights

African American, Japanese, Armenian, Mexican, Irish, French, Jewish, English, Scottish, Union, Confederate -- all are represented at this first privately operated cemetery in Los ...
The Lady of the Lake: The Depression Era Roots of Echo Park's Unofficial Patron Saint

The Lady of the Lake: The Depression Era Roots of Echo Park's Unofficial Patron Saint

She represents our country at its best and most unified, and looking out on the lawns filled with citizens of all nationalities and economic classes, it seems she couldn't have pic ...
From Hip Hotel to Holy Home: The Self-Realization Fellowship on Mount Washington

From Hip Hotel to Holy Home: The Self-Realization Fellowship on Mount Washington

How an Indian guru found his spiritual home in an abandoned hotel on top of Mount Washington in Northeast Los Angeles.
The Flood: St. Francis Dam Disaster, William Mulholland, and the Casualties of L.A. Imperialism

The Flood: St. Francis Dam Disaster, William Mulholland, and the Casualties of L.A. Imperialism

The 1928 failure resulted in one of the worst civic disasters in L.A. history.
Brand Park and the Gates of Miradero: The Strange Life of Glendale's First Family

Brand Park and the Gates of Miradero: The Strange Life of Glendale's First Family

Inside a pyramid-shaped tomb lays the man responsible for El Miradero, the Glendale palace built by a man just as odd as the park which bears his name.
Phantom Fast Lanes: Whitnall Highway and the Footprint of Best Laid Plans

Phantom Fast Lanes: Whitnall Highway and the Footprint of Best Laid Plans

The grand vision of one of L.A.'s first city planners included a highway that would have connect Hollywood to Newhall via a tunnel through Griffith Park.
The Gaylord Apartments: Luxury, Socialism, and L.A.'s First Failed Co-op

The Gaylord Apartments: Luxury, Socialism, and L.A.'s First Failed Co-op

Wilshire Boulevard's iconic Gaylord Apartments today represents more of the socialist ideal than Henry Gaylord Wilshire could have ever truly imagined.
The Many Lives of Fort Moore Hill: The Shifting and Shrinking of a Los Angeles Icon

The Many Lives of Fort Moore Hill: The Shifting and Shrinking of a Los Angeles Icon

This is a hill where the white man watched, where they built a fort, celebrated L.A.'s first Fourth of July, buried their dead, built their finest homes and newest schools, and end ...
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