Max Bond, Jr. (1935-2009)

When J. Max Bond, Jr. was a student at Harvard, racists burned a cross outside his dormitory. Concerned, a white professor at the University advised Bond to abandon his dream of becoming an architect.

Years later, in an interview for the Washington Post, Bond recalled his professor saying, “There have never been any famous, prominent black architects… You’d be wise to choose another profession.” Fortunately, Bond had spent a summer working for African-American architect Paul Williams, and he knew that he

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Old Photographs of Los Angeles

I get thrilled every time I see old photographs of the city of Los Angeles. I think it has to do with the rapid growth and transformation of the city’s landscape over the last century. My favorite place to see old photos is the building and safety department in Beverly Hills, where some of the walls show old photos of famous street intersections. The changes that have taken place in the last 50 years are simply incredible.

If you are like me, you will most definitely enjoy the following links:
Los Angeles, before

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Online Permit Services for Los Angeles Residents

Whether you are a homeowner interested in knowing about your property or want to build or add to your property, this links from the LADBS are a great source of information.

Parcel Profile Report
A system that displays the zoning and other information of parcels within the city of Los Angeles.

A web-based mapping application that delivers maps and reports based on data supplied by various City departments.

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