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SoCA: Harvey's/Johnnies nearly destroyed

Discussion in 'Pacific Region' started by ntsqd, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. ntsqd

    ntsqd 1/2 ton status

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    For those that may remember Harvey's/Johnnies. What So CA really needs is another mini-mall!
    From the looks of the pics on the page, I think the restaraunt scenes from "Pulp Fiction" might have been shot there.

    vrs wrote:

    I saw that in the paper. It bugs the **** out of me when people are
    denied a permit and just go ahead and bulldoze anyway figuring that once
    whatever it is is gone they'll get the permit after the fact. I think he
    should have to forfeit the property to the city for a park in
    perpetuity. Harvey's Broiler Park- they make dog parks so people can
    fill them with dog**** so why not a car park with a car show every
    weekend. Charge a buck a car to enter and a buck a person to spectate
    and let the clubs or whoever does the show keep it clean. NO DOGS OR
    POLITICIANS ALLOWED
    TK
    The Carmudgeon
    "The Lucky Driving School- Our Motto- Jesus, that was close"



    TM wrote:
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    > STREET RODS AND HOT RODS
    >
    > *Legendary hot rodding hangout bulldozed*
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    > A popular 1950s roadside stand and cruise spot for many Southern
    > California hot rodding legends now sits half-demolished and at the
    > center of a debate over the preservation of Americana.
    > Without permits, the owner of Johnie’s Broiler, formerly Harvey’s
    > Broiler, in Downey, California, began bulldozing the former diner on
    > the afternoon of January 7. Local police intervened before the dozer
    > took out the iconic sign at the front of the building.
    > Harvey’s opened in 1958, but was renamed Johnie’s in 1966 when current
    > owner Christos Smyrniotis bought it. During the 1960s, 1970s and
    > 1980s, the spot hosted enormous cruise-ins — of up to 3,000 cars at a
    > time, according to some sources — and served as a backdrop in dozens
    > of movies. Yet in 2002, Smyrniotis closed the diner and reopened
    > Johnie’s as a used-car lot. A preservation campaign at the time put
    > the diner in the news, but did not succeed in getting it classified as
    > a historical landmark. Smyrniotis did apply for a demolition permit in
    > October, with plans to put a retail complex (mini-mall) on the site,
    > but the permit was denied.
    > A city council meeting three days after the partial demolition
    > elicited a massive turnout both by architectural preservationists
    > (Johnie’s has been attributed with helping start the Googie form of
    > architecture) and by Southern California hot rodders. City council
    > members promised to investigate the matter and to punish Smyrniotis,
    > but for now, Johnie’s remains cordoned off and partially destroyed.
    > Supporters have put up a Web site about the landmark diner at
    > johniesbroiler.com
    > - By Daniel Strohl
     
  2. CDA 455

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    Damn, I remember that place growing up in S. Cal.!
     
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    Its sad , but why can't someone do what they want with their own property ? We all would be mad as hell if someone told us what to do with ours .
     
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    If my house was a contender to listed as a Historic Building, as Harvey's/Johnnies was, or a building that the public had some sort in vested interest in then I wouldn't necessarily like it but I would consider myself it's caretaker rather than owner.

    If it were just any other house or building then I would be upset.
     
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    EXACTLY!
     

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