In Norse mythology Valhalla is the "hall of the slain," an enormous gallery in heaven filled with valiant warriors and gods; the real story of this Valhalla is strictly earthbound, a dirty tale of greed, corruption and remarkable stupidity.
At this former YWCA, if you really squint, you can almost see the trailblazing business women of the past century making long distance calls at the telephone counter, swimming laps in the clear pool, or conducting political meetings in the lobby.
From 1945-1974, children growing up in Los Angeles had their own mini-fair year round. Beverly Park operated on less than an acre, on the corner of Beverly Blvd. and La Cienega, the present home of the Beverly Center Mall.
Unlike most of our stories, this one starts not with a beginning but with an ending: William Mulholland, the "father of the Los Angeles water system," died in 1935 after half a century of service to the city.
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 endlessly searched for even more treasure.
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