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  • Glen Creason

    If you have a question about the historic streets of Los Angeles ask Glen Creason. Since 1979, Creason has been the map librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. When he is not behind the reference desk, the L.A. native is a public speaker and writes on local history, maps, and music for a variety of newspapers and magazines. The author of Los Angeles In Maps enjoys watching baseball and has one daughter.

 

CityDig: Discover the Eastside's Hidden Delights on This Hand-Drawn Map

Ever seen the Auto Glass District on a satellite image? We didn't think so. Cartographer Eric Brightwell's custom creations highlight landmarks that are otherwise forgotten on other maps Read more...

CityDig: The DTLA of Gatsby’s Day

Here we see L.A. at the outset of the roaring twenties in an era of unbridled growth and seemingly unlimited prosperity Read more...

CityDig: Scare Yourself Silly With This Map of L.A.'s Fault Lines

And this doesn't even cover all of them Read more...

CityDig: Eagle Rock's Pre-Hipster History

The easterly L.A. neighborhood has a rather rich narrative dating back to the Tongva Indian tribe Read more...

CityDig: This Hand-Drawn Map of L.A. in 1996 Reminds Us of The Simpsons

While this map throws geographical accuracy to the wind, it does capture the wild vitality of L.A. in the ‘90s by creating a bubbling cartographic stew full of chaotic activity Read more...

CityDig: Catalina's Own Wrigley Field

Each spring, this baseball fan’s thoughts turn to a diamond carved into the arid soil of Catalina Island, where the Chicago Cubs trained under the ownership of William J. Wrigley Jr. Read more...

CityDig: Looking Back at L.A.'s Original Ranchos

Angelenos sometimes take for granted the history beneath their feet, considering most of us live on ground that once was within the boundaries of the original land grants of the colonial period Read more...

CityDig: X Marks the Oscars

Oscars have not always been handed out within the boundaries of this map, but there are a number of landmarks seen on this pictorial chartogram that have played host to the show Read more...

CityDig: The Sportsman's Guide to 1955 L.A.

This sketch in the Farmers Insurance PockeTrip California touring guide demonstrates the dramatic setting of greater Los Angeles and the beginnings of the freeway age all on two sport coat pocket-sized pages Read more...

CityDig: Monrovia's 1887 Real Estate Bubble

In the 1880s, real estate investors focused their gazes (and bankrolls) on Monrovia, where they knew land would be quick to sell after the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads began servicing the area Read more...
 
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