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West Adams Heights
“Nowadays we scarcely notice the high stone gates which mark the entrances on Hobart, Harvard, and Oxford streets, south of Washington Boulevard. For one thing, the traffic is too heavy, too swift; and then, again, the gates have been obscured by intrusions of shops and stores. At the base of the stone pillars appears the inscription “West Adams Heights.” There was a time when these entranceways were formidable and haughty, for they marked the ways to one of the first elite residential areas in Los Angeles. . . In the unplanned early-day chaos of Los Angeles, West Adams Heights was obviously something very special, an island in an ocean of bungalows—approachable, but withdrawn and reclusive—one of the few surviving examples of planned urban elegance of the turn of the century.”
– Carey McWilliams, “The Evolution of Sugar Hill,” Script, March, 1949: 30.
Today West Adams Heights is still obviously something special. The past sixty years, however, have not been kind. In 1963 the Santa Monica Freeway cut through the heart of West Adams Heights, dividing the neighborhood, obscuring its continuity. In the 1970’s the city paved over the red brick streets and removed the ornate street lighting. After the neighborhood’s zoning was changed to a higher density, overzealous developers claimed several mansions for apartment buildings. Despite these challenges, however, “The Heights,” as the area was once known, has managed to regain some of its former elegance.
The West Adams Heights tract was laid out in 1902, in what was then a wheat field on the western edge of town. Although the freeway now creates an artificial barrier, the original neighborhood boundaries were Adams Boulevard, La Salle Ave, Washington Boulevard, and Western Avenue. Costly improvements were integrated into the development, such as 75-food wide boulevards (which were some of the first contoured streets not to follow the city grid), lots elevated from the sidewalk, ornate street lighting, and large granite monuments with red-brass electroliers at the entrance to every street. These upgrades increased the lot values, which helped ensure the tract would be an enclave for the elite.
One early real estate ad characterized the neighborhood stating: “West Adams Heights needs no introduction to the public: it is already recognized as being far superior to any other tract. Its high and slightly location, its beautiful view of the city and mountains make t a property unequaled by any other in the city.”
The early residents’ were required to sign a detailed restrictive covenant. This hand-written document required property owners to build a “first-class residence,” of at least two stories, costing no less than two-thousand dollars (at a time when a respectable home could be built for a quarter of that amount, including the land), and built no less than thirty-five feet from the property’s primary boundary. Common in early twentieth century, another clause excluded residents from selling or leasing their properties to non-Caucasians.
By the mid 1930’s, however, most of the restrictions had expired. Between 1938 and 1945 … Read More
I developed hemorrhoids when I was in my 20s. Occasional flare-ups occur when my stress levels are high and I eat too much junk food and too little fiber. After a few days of eating right, drinking lots of water and exercising more, symptoms disappear.
In May 2009, I moved from my home of 19 years into a condo. I did a lot of renovation work and I love my new place. But even good stress can cause problems. In October, I had a severe flare-up of hemorrhoids. Only this time, nothing helped. Finally I got prescription ointment and suppositories, and the bleeding stopped and pain subsided. Within days, it started again and got worse.
I did some research on the internet. There is a lot of good medical information and advice out there. I found one site that was loaded with helpful yet hilarious advice. Check out 001yourtranslationservice.com and follow the links to his natural hemorrhoids treatment page.
I experimented with herbal supplements, took sitz baths, ate bran, psyllium fiber and fruits and veggies, drank even more water and started exercising regularly. Everything helped a little but nothing stopped the pain or cured the condition.
Terrified at the prospect of surgery, refusing to spend hundreds of dollars on so-called miracle cures, I dug deeper in researching subjects like constipation, colon health, and digestion. Did you know that:
– Eating lots of fiber relieves constipation,but not drinking enough water causes it
– Eating regularly (same times daily) keeps you digesting and eliminating regularly
– Chewing your food to near-liquid consistency delights your intestines by making digestion easier (no more belching and bloating)
– Enzymes for digesting food are activated when you chew
– Food is digested in the order that it’s eaten
– Eating easy-to-digest foods kick starts the digestive process (start with water or juice, then soup, salad, vegetables etc.)
– Drinking before your meal is good. If you must drink with your meal, then sip warm water with fresh lemon juice
– Our digestive system has to work harder to digest certain food combinations – the worst is meat plus potatoes, rice, pasta or bread. It’s better to eat meat with vegetables, or, pasta, potatoes or other starches with vegetables
– Fruit should be eaten on its own – at least 1 hour before a meal or two hours after – it digests quickly and can interfere with the digestion of other foods
– Dairy foods should be avoided as they can cause constipation, which aggravates hemorrhoids
– Caffeine, chocolate, alcoholic beverages, fried and processed foods do the same
– Exercise is crucial for good digestion – if your body moves so does your digestive system, and it ‘s OK to walk after a meal; in fact, it helps.
One website provided the key that unlocked the door to my own permanent recovery. On puristat.com, I discovered their colon cleanse detox diet. It is a very easy-to-follow eating plan. The basics are as follows:
1. Eat only fruit … Read More