When I tell people about my hometown, there are two sources of pride.
1. Downey is home to the oldest McDonald's. It was built in 1953. I believe they still serve the original fried apple pies. Yum.
2. It's where the Carpenters grew up.
I learned the Carpenters' former home may be razed. It was featured on their album cover "Now and Then."
Without going into detail, I'm sad to hear another piece of history might be erased. About ten years ago, there were plans to demolish the old McDonald's and the locals fought for its preservation. It's still standing.
Last year, Johnie's Broiler (originally Harvey's Broiler) was demolished without warning or permits to make way for a used car lot. It was a popular filming location for movies like Heat, Pulp Fiction, The Game, Reality Bites, What's Love Got to Do with It?
I'm still sick with a cold. Coughing, sniffly. Thanks for the well wishes.