1. The Sunset Strip in the 1950s. Los Angeles would soon become e major West Coast city, and the #2 city nationally. But not yet. San Francisco remained the West Coast financial center until the 1970s, although some would argue it still is. To the general public in the 1950s, the Sunset Strip was a restaurant and nightclub district, with Scandia and other fine places. By the late 1950s, beatniks and then hippies and music people became dominant.
2. Early days of what became Beverly Hills. It was originally way out west of the city of Los Angles. In the photos of people riding their horses down Sunset to the beech, that is VERY FEW few people, the rich, and NOT the general population. If anyone was to visit Greystone Mansion, let me know: I'll show you around Much later, so -called "Platinum Triangle” is an artificial, calculated real estate promotional term, like "Gold Coast: to mean Newport, Laguna and south coast of Orange County. No one ever said that before about 1995. In the earliest days young 1900, Beverly Hills looked a lot like Sunny Hills before it was populated, but much steeper. Since 1972, Beverly Hills has had an increasingly foreign flavor,
3. Development of the San Fernando Valley, mostly since World War Two.
Have you ever spent any time there? The Valley is H-U--G-E. Prior to the 1980s, you could go beyond the cities just over the hills from Hollywood and find vast areas where you'd swear you were in outskirts of Riverside or San Bernardino County. In the 1970s, it as a long, blazing hot drive to the Renaissance Pleasure Fair in Calabasas. Well, today it's pretty well developed with some open areas, and quite a few of our Lancer classmate live out there in the northwestern Valley, in Calabasas, Agoura, Thousand Oaks, and other spots. Before WW2, of it was pure Hicksville
4. Did you the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in the 1970s in Calasabas? Hot .. hot .. hot ..