Curbed couches find home on the Web
A chair dumped on the curb is just another piece of urban blight. But a purple couch sitting on the street? Well, that's funny. At least for Hollywood resident Peggy Archer. For nearly two years now, Archer has captured images of everything from sleek leather sofas to chintz patterned love seats on her Abandoned Couches photo blog.
"I got interested because it's just a strange thing to see sitting out by the roadside. I'd never noticed them before, but now I realize they were there all along," writes Archer. "I can certainly understand why they upset some folks. It's not like it's hard to call the city and have it picked up. I just think they're funny."
Most of the photos come from bicycle rides the lighting technician takes near her home in Hollywood, an area where couches (and the occasional recliner) seem to sprout up overnight like mushrooms after a rain. But you can go on a sofa photo safari anywhere in the region, from Pasadena to Beverly Hills. There is even the occasional bean bag and a lonely wing back chair.
City of Los Angeles residents can always get sidewalk sofas picked up. Archer herself is not about to get involved in finding new homes for old couches.
"Stuffed furniture that's been sitting out on the curb isn't something I'm tempted to bring into my house."
-- Jesus Sanchez
Photos: Abandoned Couches