Food for Thought: Joe Romero, The Barbecue King of Greater Los Angeles

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After Laura Temple's death in late 1922, a friend who'd assisted in her care, Modesta (Maud) Romero Bassity, stayed with the Temple household and eventually became Walter Temple's paramour, living with him after he left the Homestead in 1930 and spent several years in Baja California and San Diego and returning... Continue Reading →

Spanish-Language Theater Handbills, Los Angeles, 9-10 January 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri When it comes to finding material on live theater in Los Angeles that catered to white English-language speakers during the early part of the 20th century, sources are abundant.  Programs, broadsides, and other material are not uncommon and newspaper resources are easy to find.  This is one of the many reflections... Continue Reading →

Housing Problems in Los Angeles, July 1913

by Paul R. Spitzzeri During periods of economic prosperity, especially in cities where migration is heavy, one of the many social problems that can arise is the question of the availability and affordability of adequate housing.  Today, in greater Los Angeles, the situation involves inventory supply, rising prices, gentrification, affordability, housing quality, and, for growing... Continue Reading →

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