Hejab Street, Tehran Iran

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This photo is for sam_alcaphone, wishing him and his family peace, happiness and the freedom they so desire and strive for.

Sam, I hope I have the street right. I spent a lot of time trying to determine its name and I apologize if I got it wrong. The photo is taken from the top floor of the Hotel Laleh.

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  1. sam_alcaphone 67 months ago | reply

    I just want to thank you!
    Sure it reminds of many happy and sad (mostly happy) memories. This is a great dedication and I wish you all the best.



  2. O Bejeweled Land (Zendeh baad Azadi) 67 months ago | reply

    A lovely photo of an oft-maligned and misunderstood city!

    I couldn't help wondering what the name of this hapless street would've been before the 1979. Does anyone know?

    I'd also like to point out (as an old-timer) that one of the most astonishing features of this photograh is that the drivers appear to be pretty much driving squarely in their own lanes :0)

  3. **El-Len** 67 months ago | reply

    OBL: good point about the street name. It's clearly a renamed entity.

  4. sam_alcaphone 67 months ago | reply

    I don't know what the Hejab Street's name was before the Revolution, but I'm gonna fir it out :-)

    Here's the name of some the street that were renamed after the Revolution:

    - Dr. Fatemi Ave was called Aria Mehr Ave.

    - Laleh Park formerly called Park-e Farah after Farah Diba, the widow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran.

    - laleh international hotel formely called Hotel Continental.

    - Keshavarz BLVD. was called Elizabeth II blvd.

  5. F A R Y A 67 months ago | reply

    Great photo, very nostalgic to me too! I lived at Aryamehr Street, north of this Los Angeles Street (can you believe it?!) which turned to be Hejab after 1979. I used to play tennis at the Farah Club, right south of Hotel Intercontinental. Also I studied English at Iran America Society for 3 years (1971-1973) at Vesal Street, continuation of Los Angeles Street, south of Elizabeth Blvd. I can say this pic shows my youth territory! And I can see the Pars Hospital in the pic too; my daughter was delivered there 23 years ago. Wow... I can stare at the photo for hours and recall a 35-year period of history!

  6. sam_alcaphone 67 months ago | reply

    Farya_P :
    Hello neighbor :D

  7. O Bejeweled Land (Zendeh baad Azadi) 67 months ago | reply

    I couldn't help getting a bit weepy reading the last couple of posts (and I'm not even _from_ Tehran). Thank you all for the discussion and to Ellen of course for the beautiful image.

  8. **El-Len** 67 months ago | reply

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys have all brought me tremendous joy and I am so happy I posted this picture (all because of meeting Sam in NY).

    Of interest, the only other American-Iranian person I know outside of flickr is also from this neighborhood. I have always remembered this because her name is Laleh (tulip), like the park. Did everyone leave this neighborhood????

    Farya: Thanks for the original name of the street - Los Angeles, of all names! It is so nice to know this was your neighborhood as well.

  9. * mandi-7 * 67 months ago | reply

    interesting and beautiful , thanks for sharing dear ellen, i miss tehran too , glad to see it .
    interesting story from farya and sam , i enjoyed , thanks for sharing

  10. ANARAK 67 months ago | reply

    its interestin ellen
    thank you
    be happy

  11. hapulcu 67 months ago | reply

    Dare I say it looks like Las Vegas during the day from this angle? Great capture.

  12. **El-Len** 67 months ago | reply

    ©haddock: LOL, but I have no basis of comparison since I have never been to LV. More seriously, your comment is well taken since what this photo portrays is very different from what most Americans expect of Iran.

    Nice to see you back. I hope your journeys have been good.

  13. hapulcu 67 months ago | reply

    I have a photo taken from the top of the Stratosphere in LV (not posted on flickr) that looks so much like this, the only difference being no trees lining the boulevard in LV, the dry mountains between the highrises is also a common LV (or even Reno) sight.

  14. **El-Len** 67 months ago | reply

    Tan, although it is true that both these cities (Las Vegas and Tehran) are high desert cities, I am not sure the Supreme Leader would appreciate the analogies you make.

  15. sam_alcaphone 67 months ago | reply

    Ellen, I have to say that you are absolutely right and in fact the Supreme Leader would not like at all, and he(Tan) might end up in prison for just saying that :DDD

    Just joking

  16. **El-Len** 67 months ago | reply

    Sam: I will warn him. Thanks!

    PS: I still can't believe how much fun this picture has turned out to be. I have you to thank for posting it.

  17. sam_alcaphone 67 months ago | reply

    Not me ...we all should thank you for that :-)

  18. O Bejeweled Land (Zendeh baad Azadi) 67 months ago | reply

    Said leader can stuff all of his piety and sanctimoniousness (and his handsome cloak,, while he is at it).

    "Ascetics who resplendent on the minbar preach, are
    Away from the crowds, immersed in their unmentionable vice."

    (With apologies to Khwajeh Hafez)

    How long, oh Lord, the hypocrisy and the sanctimony?

  19. Villa Viciósa 65 months ago | reply

    Teherán es increible,saludos desde México.

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