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The Complete Edhat Archives

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Dec 20, 2009
A Hotel in Mission Canyon?
For such a small piece of Santa Barbara, Mission Canyon has had just about one of everything, including, of all things, a hotel.

Dec 13, 2009
The Hotel Californian
The poor, old Californian Hotel was back in the news this week, so I thought we would check in to the history of that once-proud hostelry.

Dec 06, 2009
Missions You’ve Never Seen
Last Friday, Mission Santa Barbara celebrated its 223rd birthday. Now, I grew up thinking, as I believe most residents also do, that the Mission we see before us is therefore 223 years old. But, it ain't so.

Nov 08, 2009
The Chapala Street Wharf
A plan to end all of that splashing and paddling came about in 1865 when the Santa Barbara Wharf Company was organized with the bright idea of building a wharf for the safe transition of passengers and freight.

Nov 01, 2009
Just A Photo
The house is large with a good size front yard and close inspection reveals a carriage entrance and possible barn in the rear. But with that much room, where are the people?

Oct 25, 2009
Oliver Fountain
Neal Graffy returns to the intersection of Mountain Drive, Mission Canyon Road and technically, Los Olivos, to visit a large stack of sandstone boulders.

Job Market Voices
Edhat asked our readers to contribute their input about the state of the current job market. Here is what they had to say.

Local Job Market
Edhat covers the local job market with exclusive articles, a summary of facts, and links to outside sources of info.

Oct 18, 2009
Mission Creek Bridge
In April 1891, the local papers reported a new stone bridge was to replace the old wooden one over Mission Creek.

Joel Maloney
Edhat got educated this week about how real estate lending and financing are functioning (or aren't functioning) in the current market.

Jeffrey Schlossberg
Jeffrey Schlossberg threw his hat into the ring to answer Edhat questions about the current lending market.

Oct 11, 2009
Stan Tabler
Stan Tabler makes sense of available hard data to tell us what's happening in the real estate market.

Property Perspectives
Edhat put out a call for input on the issue of local real estate. We received a variety of feedback. Here, in their own words, are the comments.

Santa Barbara Real Estate
This section of the Edhat site will be dedicated to keeping up with real estate news and views. Check back often because we'll be adding new content frequently.

Oct 04, 2009
Waterfront Hotel
If it seems like sometimes development in Santa Barbara moves at a glacial pace, one need only look as far as the Fess Parker Waterfront Hotel project to have these suspicions confirmed.

La Entrada
In 1999, with a far different economic climate from what we know today, Bill Levy introduced his La Entrada project with the intent of recreating the lowest block of State Street.

Sep 27, 2009
El Encanto
El Encanto was the brainchild of James Warren of Santa Barbara, who owned the property adjacent to what was once Santa Barbara State College, on the Riviera.

The Miramar
Whether you stayed for a weekend, had a honeymoon or just went to the beach and ate in the railroad car afterward, it's safe to say that the Miramar experience was a memorable one for over 100 years.

Hotels In Hiatus
This section of the Edhat site is dedicated to keeping up with Santa Barbara's Hotels in Hiatus. Below are links to individual articles about each property or project.

Sep 13, 2009
Teens, Alcohol and Drugs
True or false: Your child can get cocaine in the bathroom at the high school, buy alcohol from a known homeless guy who hangs out by the school, or pick up some marijuana as easily as buying a soda or a candy bar.

Mar 30, 2009
Forgotten Pillars
2009 March Edness ended in the same way it started. The first two pictures of the month were Circuit City and Bee's Wing Art - two businesses that are no longer in business. The picture shown here is cut from the same cloth

Bear Market
You would not think that Bear Markets are something that would be advertised in a storefront window on State Street.

Mar 27, 2009
Dragon on a Drainpipe
This whimsical dragon face adorns a drain pipe that comes from a property in Hope Ranch down to the beach between Hendry’s and Hope Ranch Beach.

Clear As Stained Glass
If a two-paned window has only one pane that is stained glass, is the glass half full or half empty? You might be entertaining deep philosophical questions like this one.

Mar 26, 2009
State Building
The sign in the picture clearly states that the building is in the State of California. We all know that California is a state of mind – an altered state, somewhere between paranoia and ecstasy.

Trains
This picture was taken next to the train tracks. Duh. Those of you with a one-track mind might think that there is only one train game in town.

Mar 25, 2009
Cone Roof
Back in the day, when you saw a cone, you would scream for ice cream. And if you would scream, I would scream. And then, before you knew it, we would all be screaming.

Sun Flower
Dan Chrynko is probably the most celebrated artist on Edhat. We’ve highlighted his lizards by Rocky Nook Park, his works for Phoenix House, and his bar at the old Sevilla Restaurant.

Mar 24, 2009
On The Roof
The bird in the picture shown yesterday in our March Edness contest is not real. Otherwise, Ed admits, the picture would have been too hard.

New Cottage
Development on the new Cottage Hospital started back in 2005, and continues today. One of the first buildings to be completed was at the corner of Junipero and Bath Streets.

Mar 23, 2009
Peacock
This article might have been about the mosaic peacock above the State Street entrance to Macy’s in Paseo Nuevo.

Barrel
While you might expect to find this great big wine barrel at one of the great big wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley

Mar 20, 2009
Haunted House
Yesterday, looking for the location of the Where Is It pictures became a lot like looking for a ghost.

Door to the Stars
Zodiac signs are more than just idle conversation at single bars. They are the elements of a celestial coordinate system that dates back to ancient Babylonia.

Mar 19, 2009
Barn Dance
If you’ve heard the chants from the opposing crowds at Dos Pueblos High School games, you might think that the Farmer image is something about which Goleta is ashamed.

The Other Mural
There is a famous mosaic mural facing Victoria Street, on the side of the old Vons Supermarket. It's a six-panel tile piece by Joseph Knowles.

Mar 18, 2009
Bar-b-que
Shaded by huge sycamore trees, this large group picnic area can host a group of approximately 80 people and has a large stone barbecue.

Sun Sign
Sun Time Tanning in Goleta has a very cool sign. It is neon, and it includes a palm tree, much like the palm tree used in the March Edness logo.

Mar 17, 2009
Friends Of Ed
If you have been around Edhat for a bit, you must have realized that we don’t have a ton of advertisers.

Mar 16, 2009
De Forests For The Trees
Lockwood De Forest was a world-famous landscape architect who designed many of the famous gardens of Santa Barbara.

Property Of
The sign shown for Friday’s March Edness picture says, “US Property, No Trespassing”.

Mar 13, 2009
Drug Stores
Ed has also liked the Rx sign out in front of the drug store on State Street just up from downtown.

Statue Esq
This is the tale of three statues. One of the statues was the one featured on March Edness.

Mar 12, 2009
Cigar Store Indian
A little tiny history lesson: A long time ago, more people couldn't read than could.

Oh Deer
It’s been more than two months since Rudolph and the gang drove the guy in the big red suit all over the world at midnight.

Mar 11, 2009
Mural
Well, spring has almost sprung in Santa Barbara, and the lovely spring colors in the photo can be found on the outside of UCSB's recently completed California NanoSystems Lab.

Let there be Light
This retaining wall art is on the beach between Fernald Point and Summerland Beach.

Mar 10, 2009
The Golden Arch
A long long time ago, Santa Barbara was a kingdom.

White Trees
They stand like the ultimate Rorschach test. The question comes to mind...what do you see? A dog? A reindeer?

Mar 09, 2009
The End
So, say you're headed out to UCSB, and you're in a hurry, and you turn right onto Calle Real from 154, and you think you'll just hop on the freeway and...oh my!

Tre Bon
At first glance, Santa Barbara isn't a town full of large and similar apartment buildings.

Mar 06, 2009
Shimmery Steelhead
This shimmery steelhead statue is swimming in the air in front of the Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro/Hendry's Beach Park.

Sandy Turtle
This turtle looks like he just crawled out of the sea, but had he done that, it would have been a long trip up the hill to his resting place in the playground at Shoreline Park.

Mar 05, 2009
Showgrounds Electric
Gate B is a little less conspicuous these days, but it is one of the best viewing locations of the Showgrounds fancy new electronic sign.

Blank Sign
As they say in the movie, everything is related to Greek in some way. Well, that holds true of the Mackenzie Market.

Mar 04, 2009
Habit Dome
The newest burger bistro with the addictive name in Santa Barbara is at La Cumbre Plaza, behind Vons, where the natural food store used to be.

Brick Display
The display arrow is still pointing, but whatever it was pointing to is past its pointing prime.

Mar 03, 2009
Helmet Heads
To Ed, nothing says Circuit City like the helmet-head trees in the parking lot shown in yesterday's Where Is It picture.

Bee Gone
The store, as they say, became a has-been. They didn't remove their State Street facing sign, and they didn't paint over the bee mural on the side of the building that faced the notorious Longs Drug Store parking lot

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