Category Archives: Planned City

Listen to my WLRN interview; also read What Makes Hollywood FL special

RADIO INTERVIEW ABOUT MY J. W. YOUNG BIOGRAPHY ON STATION WLRN.  On August 1st, 2017 I had the pleasure of being interviewed on radio station WLRN Topical Currents by Bonnie Berman and Joseph Cooper. We discussed my biography of Hollywood’s … Continue reading

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Orange Brook Golf Course, history of

As the fate of this portion of Hollywood’s history is now under consideration, I am offering this quick summary of its early history for those interested. Before Hollywood. This parcel was planted with an orange grove some time before 1920. … Continue reading

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Greater Hollywood Moves on Ft. Lauderdale; Golf; Casino Pool in Wartime

Fort Lauderdale as “Greater Hollywood.” As I noted in a previous blog, Hollywood isn’t part of Fort Lauderdale, even though current advertisers for developers from out-of-town seem to think otherwise. IMHO Hollywood’s tourist board should be pointing out that the … Continue reading

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MORE MYTH-BUSTING; CITY’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY 1955; DEATH OF JESSIE

DEATH OF JESSIE YOUNG, FOUNDER’S WIDOW. Sadly, just as the city was gearing up to celebrate its founding, Joseph Young’s widow, called “Hollywood’s First Lady” died in November, 1955. Although several years older than her husband, she had outlived him … Continue reading

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CALL IT HOLLYWOOD BY-THE-SEA NOT HOLLYWOOD BEACH

Hollywood’s Broadwalk looking north in 1923 Courtesy of the Hollywood Historical Society Other cities may have appended “beach” to their names, but super-salesman J. W. Young went one better with his poetic description of Hollywood “By-the-Sea.” Founder’s Day. Hollywood recognizes … Continue reading

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JULY: MORE ACTIVE THAN YOU’D THINK IN FLORIDA, 1915 TO 1937

Jessie’s birthday.  In recent years we have been celebrating Founder’s Day in Hollywood, in August, since Joseph W. Young, Jr.’s birthday was in that month. We might also offer a piece of the birthday cake to his wife Jessie, who … Continue reading

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Just a reminder…”Hollywood–City Beautiful”

Left: YOUNG’S 1921 PLAN FOR HIS CITY Right: JOSEPH W. YOUNG, JR. IN 1923 On June 19, 2013 I will be giving a slide talk on “Hollywood, City Beautiful,” discussing Young’s plan for his city, and his sources. It will … Continue reading

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