Attention Realtors, Small Business Owners And Community Thought Leaders

This article was originally written in January 2008 for Living90045.com, a community blog featuring news, views, tips & chatter from Westchester, CA.

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Websites and blogs like Living90045.com dominate search engines like Google, Yahoo! and MSN because they provide regularly updated web content focused on a particular topic, such as living in Westchester. Blogs are also technically structured in ways the search engines favor. If you have a service business or other message to get out to the world, blogs rock with the search engines!

Why are the search engines important? Because search engines are the first place consumers sit down to find more information on a particular topic. It’s no coincidence that the word “google” has become a common verb in everyday usage. Whenever my six year old wants to know about a topic I don’t know much about, I tell her, “let’s check the Internet.” The first place I start is Google.

Google is also the first place journalists look these days for experts to quote in news articles. What could that kind of exposure do for your business??? Continue reading “Attention Realtors, Small Business Owners And Community Thought Leaders”

U2? Us Too.

This article was originally written in March 2008 for Living90045.com, a community blog featuring news, views, tips & chatter from Westchester, CA.

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My husband headed home early recently and I tore myself away from my computer to catch the U2 3D movie at the Bridge Theater on its IMAX screen over at the Howard Hughes Promenade. Seeing the movie was my husband’s idea, based on a story that he heard on NPR. I’m a casual fan of the band’s music and huge supporter of their humanistic message, and the movie sounded like a fun diversion for a rainy Friday afternoon. I had no idea what was in store for me and I was in for a pleasant surprise.

The film was shot at nine concerts during U2’s Vertigo Tour in 2005/06 to promote the group’s 2004 album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Footage from the tour was shot mostly in South America where Continue reading “U2? Us Too.”

The “X” In LAX And Other Westchester Historical Trivia

This article was originally written in March 2008 for Living90045.com, a community blog featuring news, views, tips & chatter from Westchester, CA.

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Like most of the rest of southern LA County, Westchester began the 20th century as an agricultural area. Rapid development of the aerospace industry near Mines Field (as LAX was originally called, reportedly named for the real estate agent who pitched the location in 1928 to the City Council) and overall population growth in LA created a demand for housing in the area. In mid-1930, the Los Angeles Municipal Airport was dedicated.

Real estate magnate Fritz Burns developed a tract of inexpensive prefabricated single-family homes on the site of a former hog farm at the intersection of Manchester & Sepulveda Boulevards. The community, dubbed “Westchester,” grew as the aerospace industry boomed in World War II and after. It’s surprising we didn’t end up with Burnschester or Continue reading “The “X” In LAX And Other Westchester Historical Trivia”