LottaLiving.com first came into creation over two decades ago in 1999. Originally designed to be a way for the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee (modcom) to discuss current issues. It quickly mushroomed into something else. Flash forward to the year 2020. As friend Jeff Stork used to say… “The future is not what it used to be!”
After years of hoping to find a programmer interested in reviving the old BBS (bulletin board service) for LottaLiving.com, I have made the ‘final answer’ decision to put it to rest once and for all.
I personally paid for a couple of attempts to fix it over the years, but no programmer was ever able to make it happen. The original posts will live on the server indefinitely – but not accessible to the public – AND they will not be viewable even by me ever again without the support of a programmer. Because the software had not been updated in years, I regularly got messages from my ISP (internet service provider) that we had overrun the limits of the hosting plan. The site simply had to be shut down.
This is on top of the fact that mainstream corporate-funded social media took over the space of old school bulletin boards many many years ago. While I do still believe in the power of niche online communities, that kind of forum requires someone with more skills than I, and/or the money to pay for those skills.
The basic STATIC ‘lottalivin’ website will still exist indefinitely. It provides timeless examples of why preservation is important as well as guidelines on basic historic home renovation.
Happily, life moves on.
I am happy knowing that the board helped to support the preservation community, promoted some fun get-togethers, advocated and even helped to save some pretty cool buildings, and mainly, connected friends across the miles. I personally met some of the most amazing people I might never have known had the board not existed. Even though we might never meet or chat again, I feel like we are somehow forever connected and am grateful we made acquaintance.
Thank you for letting me be of service.
Mary-Margaret (aka m&m or anand) Stratton