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Fred Leeson

A couple noteworthy things. 1) The unusual street pattern protected Ladd's during the automobile/industrial revolution that wiped out much of lower Buckman nearby. Motorists didn't want to risk getting lost by taking shortcuts through the neighborhood. 2)The well-kept homes you see today owe much to being in a National Historic District that makes demolition extremely difficult. Otherwise you'd be seeing tear-downs and new metal boxes much like everywhere else.

Henry Kunowski

Great read in the history of Lasd’s Addition Brian. I hope you can spend another 20-Years here! The story I know is that Stephen’s borrowed from Ladd’s bank for some agricultural purpose but when that failed he lost his land collateral and that land became the Addition. One of the key reasons
the Ladd’s Addition works is that there are at least three organizations that help keep its integrity, Friends of Ladd’s Addition Gardens (FLAG), Save Our Elms and the sub committee of the HAND Land Use Committee that reviews designs for structures alterations. The neighborhood has had running battles with the city over the tree canopies for years. The neighborhood sees the canopy as an asset in terms of cultural landscape but the city does not and wants to do away with the so called monoculture.

D Morris

As a former resident of Ladd's I always marveled at the overhead tree canopy network through which squirrels could travel throughout L.A. without having to descend to ground level.

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