I’ve lived in Hollywood, CA for almost 14 years. My place is not much. Just a room and a bath and some kitchen appliances and my stuff, but it’s mine, and I have been calling it home. The best feature is the views from the roof. I can see the Hollywood sign and everything around it. The best time to go up there is around sunset and on nights when the moon is out. I take the same pictures every time I go up there, and I love following the light as the days and seasons and years go by.
A lot has changed over the years, and I have pictures of the changing skyline for as long as I’ve been here. The building with the satellite dish on top is the Los Angeles CNN building and it’s been around longer than I have. The really tall building next to it is new. Recently completed a few years ago, it is called Jardine and it seems like luxury apartments. I think parts of it are connected to the new Netflix campus…which is a pretty cool looking building from the outside. I’ve yet to have had the opportunity to check out or be invited to an event inside, but I’ve been taking pictures throughout the demolition of the former buildings in that space and the construction of the current set of buildings. I like living here, although sometimes I feel like a tourist in my own neighborhood, because when I first came here many years ago, I was just a tourist myself. But over the years I’ve gotten to know and love a handful of neighbors and the businesses I frequent consider me a “regular.”
I sometimes think about moving and maybe someday I will, but for now I am appreciating my time here, and perhaps I’ll share a few photos of the transformation since I’ve been here in a future post. I think every place you go has positive and negative aspects and I’ve had some struggles over the years, but as I get older, I realize that, as someone once said, “wherever you go, there you are.” And I make an effort to capture the beauty of wherever I go. Tonight I’m home in Hollywood. And as someone else once said, “tomorrow is another day.”