Thugsday Night Ride

About to amscray for another edition of Thugsday night bike riding, this time first to MacArthur Park to check out a free concert and then south to see the two places west of USC that Jackie Robinson called home during his 1947 rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pictures will follow.

UPDATE (08.10): I spoke too soon about the pix. While on the way to the meeting point I did stop and snap a reclusive stash of Caché’s superchickens dating back to 2004, and also took some requisite shots of the free concert after we arrived at the spiffed-up and freshly unfenced-off Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park…


… any opportunity for images of the 1947 L.A. residences of Jackie Robinson at 1588 W. 36th Place and 1283 W. 35th Street were limited by the lack of illumination. Plus they weren’t really worth the pixels. While the first home looks as if it might have been the same structure as was there 60 years ago (albeit with some serious modifications to the siding) the heavy stucco covering the second property — a duplex –  has erased most indicators of its past. Only the garage visible at the back is perhaps still in its original state.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."