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Yesterday's LA City Nerd Quiz Answered Today

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Says the nerd...

Maybe 5 questions were too much to start with? Maybe they were too hard. Sadly, with only one serious response and only one correct answer out of those five - it's a sad state of affairs for LA City Nerdisms. Let's help correct that by at least adding 5 new tidbits of LA City Nerdism into the vernacular:

1. Before the 2005 opening of LAPD's Mission Division in the San Fernando Valley, what was the last LAPD Division to be added?

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Back in the 1970s, it was Southeast Division that was the last LAPD Division to open a station until Mission Division opened their station in 2005. It might have been confusing, as it has the same basic floorplan as both Pacific Division and Devonshire Division stations.

2. At the turn of the 20th Century, where was the only place within a mile of the coast in California that blacks were allowed to own property?

The community in Venice that was reserved for blacks in the first part of the 20th century when restrictive covenants existed was Oakwood. It was where the people who helped build Abbott Kinney's "Venice of America" were allowed to buy homes. It's had quite a storied past since then, too.

3. Why are their so many motels on Figueroa south of Downtown/USC?

In 1932, there was a little party in Los Angeles called the Olympics. It was the first time the Games came to LA and the reason for which the Coliseum was built. With that venue being the center for the games, small motels sprung up all around there, especially on Figueroa, to provide lodging for all the visitors. With the decline of the area, so declines the motels into what we see today. (Perhaps if the Olympics do come back to LA in 2016, money can be spent to revitalize those once-reputable motels south of the Colesium.)

4. What monument in Boyle Heights did then-First Lady Hillary Clinton visit in her "Save America's Treasure's" campaign in 1998, the first such project in Los Angeles for the campaign?

This is one that should be known by all fans of Los Angeles - the only answer correctly given by the only respondent to this quiz: the Breed Street Shul. Check out the project and see for yourself how this monument is a testament to Los Angeles's diversity and evolution.

5. What do the Getty Villa, Santa Monica Canyon, and the Museum of Jurassic Technology all have in common?

All of these locations are presumed and advertised to be in other cities, but they are all located within the City of Los Angeles. (Ok, that wasn't a history question, but all of the others could be googled to find the answer to and this was supposed to be the challenging question.)

So, perhaps LA isn't ready for the full-fledged 5-question LA City Nerd Quiz just yet.We're not giving up yet, but we'll take a break from quizzing and just watch for a while...

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Congratulations to commenter heartattackandvine who was the only one to answer a question correctly. In return, a gift from Breed Street Shul shall be awarded.

Photo of the Breed Street Shul