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LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 3:36 am

I just got off the phone with Steve Stein (Public Works, Street Services for the city of El Segundo) who I discussed the status of the Imperial Hill project with. He said, " Work will begin next Monday and take about a month and one half to complete". This project involved removing the old sidewalks, benches, and trees, and replacing them with a new viewing deck. Steve also mentioned that the deck will extend about 10 to 15 feet out over the slope of the hill.

I'm sure this is good news to anyone who has ever visited LAX. The "Hill" is a prime location for spotters and photographers alike, and has yielded me hours of enjoyment as well as some beautiful shots. Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Thank you city of El Segundo for continuing an over 20 year tradition of being spotter friendly!

Paul


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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 3:40 am

Great news for LAX spotters. Nice to see it will be completed before this summer as I will go there a few times on my California spotting tour. It really looks like a great spot and I'm glad to hear that at least one airport is building something for its spotters in the US (Liberty country)  Smile or so they say.

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 3:57 am

I sure wish the City Of Los Angeles would do something spotter friendly like this. Sad But it's the city of El Segundo (just to the South of the 25 complex) that's building the viewing deck.  Smile
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 5:35 am

Viva El Segundo!  Big thumbs up

-Clovis
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 5:57 am

That is very good new to hear indeed.

Stephen
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 6:06 am

SInce there have been several letter writing campaigns to aiport authorities regarding closure of viewing spots, perhaps some nice letters to the El Segundo mayor's office and the chamber of commerce would be in order?
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 6:20 am

Hey that's good news Paul! I will be there for a week at the end of next month again. Can you still shoot anywhere around that area? I know parking thre would be out of the question, but can you park up the street and walk down there?



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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:54 am

Hi Jeff,

Yes there is room to park to the West and East of the Hill. I was there over the weekend and did just that. There is also room across the street in front of the homes.

Also, they have removed the no parking signs on the South side of the street across from the In and Out Burger Restaurant. This has added room for about 12 more cars to park and made things much easier for everyone.

Paul
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:25 am

do people shoot from In and Out? it seems like the sun would be in a terrible place?
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 12:59 pm

Royal,

The In and Out and small park to the South of it are great places to gather (Plus have one GREAT burger) and go from there. Granted that the sun isn't in the best location 90% of the year, but you can still get a few good shots, if you work on it. And if you prefer perfection, all it takes is just a short walk South on Sepulved Blvd. to have the landing aircraft illuminated perfectly.

By the way, If there is one official (or maybe even unofficial) designated, sanctioned, or whatever you want to call it place in the City Of Los Angeles to view Jetliners, the little park has to be it. No cops, just everyone enjoying the atmosphere.

Paul

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 1:43 pm

Good news regarding both spots. Bravo City of El Segundo.

Is Proud Bird still available?
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Wed Apr 30, 2003 1:51 pm

Thanks Paul for the headup info. on Imperial Hill. I will wait rather till LAX weather to cool down in winter season then head the hill again with my slides shooting (yeah and the digital stuff)

I have always have a soft spot for LAX , unforunatly the feeling is gone due to few reasons plus low traffic volume after 3pm..I think NY airports have won my heart over.

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No problem for me on your plugs but from my observation it probably won't help too much  Smile

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Thu May 01, 2003 3:37 am

Hi Conan,

Yes, the Proud Bird parking lot is still available. But I suggest that you keep a low profile by sitting in you car until your ready to snap the shot.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Paul
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Thu May 01, 2003 3:49 am

Soon LAX is gonna have drive-by-shootings. Photographers will be driving around until they see the right plane, then stop open up and *snap*snap*snap*, then its off to another spot.

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-Clovis
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Thu May 01, 2003 3:52 am

Great pictures Paul, looking forward to come to LAX this August to hopefully try out what will be my new camera, Canon 10D. Hope they will be even more spotter friendly by then. You know if other surrounding airports are also friendly such as Long Beach or Orange County???

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Thu May 01, 2003 4:15 am

Well Clovis, someone was shooting the last time you came to LAX, and I don't mean with a camera. Wow!
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Thu May 01, 2003 4:17 am

Wahaha! You know I landed they day that whacko marched up to the El-Al counter?! Luckily I fly AA  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

-Clovis
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Thu May 01, 2003 4:25 am

Tim,

Great choice the 10D  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I'm still using my old D-30, can you imagine that. Crying
As for other airports, I only concentrate on LAXBig thumbs up it's the best!

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Thu May 01, 2003 4:31 am

Maybe this time Clovis, pick any day to arrive at LAX other than July 4. It's safer that way Big thumbs up
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Thu May 01, 2003 4:49 am

Yeah, well this time I'll be there end of June  Big thumbs up Just in time for those great 24R sunsets  Big grin

-Clovis
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Fri May 02, 2003 12:36 pm

Thanks for the update.
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Fri May 02, 2003 11:23 pm

Paul- Is it worth a trip to Imperial Hill now? I have to be in LA on the 17th of May. (Actually the wife has a meeting in Bell....poor girl...)

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 1:55 am

Tony,

I think they will be working just at the top of the Hill. So either side of it (East or West) should be available to shoot from. I'm also interested in what the conditions will be, as my good friend and fellow A. net photographer Philippe Bleus will be visiting from Belgium at the end of the month.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 2:08 am

Thanks...I will give it a shot. If all else fails there is Inn n Out!!!!!
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 3:05 am

Also the PB parking lot Big thumbs up
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 3:13 am

Also Randy's Donuts, an LAPD favorite Tony  Big thumbs up

-CLovis
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 3:37 am

I prefer my calories and fat from dead cows. Donuts are a thing of the past.
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 3:45 am

IF you were living in a place where Donuts are non-existant you wouldn't say that. My first breakfast in LA has already been planned. Randy's Donuts while the morning rush onto 24R arrives  Big thumbs up

-Clovis
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 5:40 am

Well Clovis, I hope you don't overdose the first day. Laugh out loud I would hate to find you unconscious in the little park across the street from the In and Out. Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 5:50 am

LOL "I'll have 4 double doubles, 8 vanilla shakes, 3 fries, and a coke please"

-Clovis
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 7:18 am

Clovis---You live in a place where bread is an artform and you are complaining?????  Smile
 
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RE: LAX Imperial Hill Update

Sat May 03, 2003 8:48 am

With Long Beach, you may have to deal with the parking lot security, the airport security guys won't care, but the Devry and Boeing security might care.

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Sun May 04, 2003 1:18 am

Tony, that may be, but I wish Donuts, Pizza, and Burgers were an artform too!

Croissants have nothing on donuts man  Big grin Homer Simpson understands...

-Clovis

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