CityDig: What L.A.’s Cityscape Gained and Lost in 2012

From destroyed neon signs to protected public parks, Esotouric lists the top 25 local preservation stories of last year

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While other roundups and year-end top ten lists reminded us what we saw, heard, and did in 2012 (Yes, “Call Me Maybe” is still stuck in our heads, too), Esotouric, a L.A. bus adventure company specializing in local crime, history, and architecture, honed in on what our cityscape gained and lost. Among the 25 thought-provoking Los Angeles historic preservation stories included in their first annual list are moments to cheer for and others to grouse about. These three highlights have us doing the CityThink Happy Dance:

Despite ongoing financial woes and an 88-year-old proprietor, Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater continues to put on incredible puppet shows for children of all ages.
It’s worth putting it in writing again: We do not want the curtain to come down on this Los Angeles Magazine Best of LA winner once Baker’s The Nutcracker ends on January 27.

John Feathers’ world-class map horde isn’t just saved from the dumpster after being discovered in his Mount Washington cottage after his death, but is donated to LAPL by the civic-minded realtor who found it.
It’s an absolute treasure trove for L.A. history buffs, and LAPL Map Librarian Glen Creason, who contributes to this blog, will be sharing highlights from it regularly.

The City of Beverly Hills, ground zero for Southern California’s teardown-to-mega-mansion activities, finally enacts an historic preservation ordinance and begins recognizing structures that should be saved for future generations.
The plastic surgery capital embraces the idea of aging gracefully. How classy!

To see what else made Esotouric’s list of the Top 25 Los Angeles Historic Preservation Stories of 2012, click here.

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