- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Angel City Press; 1St Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883318556
- ISBN-13: 978-1883318550
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles Hardcover – August 1, 2005
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Roderick, with the skilled help from researcher J. Eric Lynxwiler, puts forth the premise that the history of Wilshire Boulevard IS the history of the essence of LA. He approaches his history chronologically from the initial grand idea of a path of dignity and wealth simply hinted at by the trail through a barley field to a gradual expansion from downtown to the west all the way to the Pacific Ocean. With entertaining writing and a vast collection of photographs we are allowed to observe the transformation of a dream into the reality of the boulevard that became the Miracle Mile, boasted eclectic architectural icons such as the Ambassador Hotel with its infamous Coconut Grove, the Brown Derby and Perinos, the exclusive shops and buildings catering to the wealthy, the sumptuous neighborhoods of Hancock Park, MacArthur Park (yes, once it was elegant before it melted in the rain!), to Holmby Hills and the glories of living with a Pacific Ocean view.
Roderick sees the process of development of Wilshire Boulevard as the matrix for the growth of Los Angeles as an important cosmopolitan presence. With writing of this fine caliber and nostalgic photographs such as these he crosses the final line with a winner of a book. Highly recommended for a very broad audience. Grady Harp, December 05
You get a feel for how Los Angeles grew to a world class city. With Wilshire Blvd at its core. Ah, reading the book might inspire you to see the street for yourself. One easy way when you are in LA is to take the bus 20 (or the express bus 720) from downtown. It travels along much of Wilshire. Avoiding only a few blocks in downtown. Riding the bus will give you time to savour much of the architecture described in the book. Without having to worry about the driving, which can be pretty hectic. The street is often rather congested.
This is a great book full of great pictures of the past and all the history that goes along with the concepts and building constructions and the changes along the boulevard itself. The only reason I took off a star, is because there isn't one single solitary picture of any stretch of Wilshire Blvd as it stands today. Considering all the changes it's gone through, it would have been a great idea to include at least one photo of the magnificent blvd today. Other than that, for history buffs or fans of the city etc, this is an interesting book with a lot of history and background information about the heart of the beautiful city of Los Angeles.
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This book inspired me to follow in Eric Lynxwiler's footsteps, and walk the entirety of Wilshire from Downtown to Santa Monica (and the ocean) in a day. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Gebis
Very informative and well written. If you like this, take the Neon Cruise in Los Angeles with Eric Lynxwiler as the tour guide. He is amazing.Published on January 16, 2013 by Teri
I purchased this book because I had seen one before. I have really enjoyed reading about the history of Wilshire Boulevard and Los Angeles, and have learned very interesting... Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by KatieB
This is a beautiful book with exquisite photographs and entertaining writing. I give the photographs and the book design five stars as each page is fresh and insightful in what is... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Randall L. Wilson
If you're interested in history, specifically of places you go everyday and you live in Los Angeles, this is a must read. Yes, it gets heavy with details, but that's the fun of it. Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by Clyde