Protect local treasures with a mouse click
Who doesn't love taking a leisurely afternoon drive while listening to a local point out distinctive homes and businesses and sharing the stories behind them? Now you can have a similar experience online, thanks to the My Historic LA project.
Sponsored by the city's Office of Historic Resources SurveyLA program, this recently launched, crowdsourced effort chronicles buildings, streets, landmarks and even trees of community importance. On the easy-to-use site, users post their favorite places; so far suggestions include a bungalow-rich area in Boyle Heights, a Masonic hall on the West Side and the eagle-shaped rock that gave a neighborhood its name.
Users can search using a map and, similar to Facebook's "Like" button, can "second" suggestions already listed. Nominated places will be vetted by the mayor and city council members before going to state or even national agencies to be officially designated--which means your favorite landmark won't be torn down to make way for a strip mall.
Additionally, My Historic LA awards points for participating, so users might win prizes like event tickets and parking passes. While our one quibble is that we can't post pictures, a quick site perusal has inspired us to note our favorites for our next neighborhood drive.