The Last Billboard is on the corner of S Highland Ave and Baum Blvd in Pittsburgh. It’s got five lines that take on up to twenty-eight characters each, which — if arithmetic serves — adds up to an eerily familiar number. Every month, the wooden letters are changed out and into a new arrangement, as curated by artist/social practitioner Jon Rubin.
So I was riding through the 6 with my woes when I saw this bakery. I was feeling extra slim this day so I figured grabbing a pastry would change that. Do you ever have moments like that? You feel so skinny and you’re like swimming around in your extra slim Dior Jeans?? You’re like ultra mad you ‘sized up’ on that Billy Reid bomber?? Come on fam you know you’re not built like that. It’s just not you.
Formerly known as Frosted, the Confection Co-op brings a new look and some new flavors like Coolhaus icecream and Bluebottle coffee. After that cupcake trend/craze a few years back, cupcakes were so basic. You’d be ruined if you were seen eating a cupcake in person. Career over. U know how mad your mom would be if she found out you killed your career for some Magnolia joints??? It was the standard basic bitch food, and for a while I was coo with that. Didn’t miss those c cakes at all. OFF THAT. But I think it’s sort of leveled out now and JUST IN TIME bc I was about to CRACK yo. I was looking for any excuse to get some cakes. Shit imma grab some greens ones for St. Patricks day. Always cover your tracks with a holiday. It makes everything ok. SWISH!
The Confection Co-op
Tip: they usually have samples of the cupcake of the day. really doesn’t make things easier.
Tip: buy something for a friend, family member, etc. Especially if you’re in trouble.
Tip: There are a few seats outside. Nice spot to sip a coffee.
Sunset Bv/Highland Av. Los Angeles, CA. August 2013.
For me, this photo is LA. Wide boulevards, palm trees, hoards of cars, and modernist single storey buildings with a mixture of mom and pop and chain stores. It’s the quintessential Los Angeles urban vernacular. This is what LA looks like when you’re exploring the city like an Angelino. Not the 1920s mansions of Hancock Park or the sprawling estates in the Hollywood Hills or the monolithic towers downtown.
It may not have that postcard perfect look that San Francisco, New York, Paris, or Amsterdam are known for, but I find it oddly beautiful. Perhaps an eclectic sort of beautiful. These wide boulevards can be surprisingly urban (for a city often considered a giant suburb) and full of people. Plus, the diverse array of businesses leaves something for everyone; from hole in the wall eateries that are all the rage on Urban Spoon to chain apparel stores, LA’s boulevards have it covered.