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the skunks of los feliz
10.20.2005
 
As the battle to save the Derby begins to shift into high gear, it's worth noting that another Hollywood landmark is being threatened by development, though not from private developers.

The City of Los Angeles has set it's sights on the Florentine Gardens, targeting the historic nightclub (former stomping ground of such Hollywood figures as Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, and the Black Dahlia) for conversion into a fire station, of all things. The city council approved the plan last week, inserting the adaptive reuse scheme in the hopes of heading off opposition from preservationists.

The club's ownership, however, hopes to save the Gardens for future generations of Angelenos to enjoy, and are asking for support in their fight against City Hall.

To learn more about the issue, and how to help, click here to visit PreserveLA's Florentine Gardens archive.
 
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If you want to hear a live radio broadcast of Ted Fiorito from the Florentine Gardens back in the 1940s, check my website: http://www.lmharnisch.com/radio.html

warning: it's incredibly cornball.
 
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