Thursday, February 7, 2013
Al and Bea’s is a Boyle Heights institution. Cops, kids, old people, and everyone else in between all seem to find an excuse to make a mid afternoon snack stop on 1st street. The history of Boyle Heights is the story of Los Angeles itself; a constantly changing landscape of immigrants, trying to live the American dream through hard work and molding and shaping this city with their respective cultures and traditions. What was once the home to the original Canter’s is now an oasis of famous Mexican eateries. The food at Al & Bea’s is classic Mexican American: comforting bean and cheese burritos, vintage hard shelled tacos, fast food french fries effusing guilt ridden grease and of course, burgers.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
LandMark Inc. is located in the heart of South Central Los Angeles and is one of the few shops that features some of the best talent LA has to offer. With a writers coming from all over L.A., LandMark has solidified itself in the graff community like no other shop in the area, and has premier graffiti artists gracing its walls along with local talent showcasing their skills. L.A. TACO had a chance to talk with NOVEL ONE of LandMark Inc. about the history and current state of the shop.
What’s your favorite taco?
Hands down I need to say carne asada taco from El Gavilan Tacos on Main & Gage. Right up the street from here I definitely hit that spot a few times a week there good and have fast service.
How long has Landmark Inc. been open and what fueled the need for a shop like yours?
Land Mark Inc. has been open for five years now. We started just trying to keep it raw, low key and a local shop. I never thought I would still be doing this five years later. We got tired of going to Melrose to buy supplies and racking became too risky so we did our homework and started buying wholesale from other shops and bringing it to the hood and flipping it and we progressively grew from there. Basically, we needed this in the hood.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Following the Civil War, an Italian, Alessandro Repetto, purchased 5,000 acres (20 km2) of the rancho and built his ranch house on the hill overlooking his land, about a half-mile north of where Garfield Avenue crosses the Pomona Freeway, not far from where the Edison substation is now located on Garfield Avenue.
It was at this time, Richard Garvey, a mail rider for the U.S. Army whose route took him through Monterey Pass, a trail that is now Garvey Avenue, settled down in the King’s Hills. Garvey began developing the land by bringing in spring water from near the Hondo River and by constructing a 54-foot-high (16 m) dam to form Garvey Lake located where Garvey Ranch Park is now. To pay for his development and past debts, Garvey began selling portions of his property. In 1906, the first subdivision in the area, Ramona Acres (named after the developer’s daughter, who would also later inspire the title of the novel Ramona), was developed north of Garvey and east of Garfield Avenues.