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Looking west on Fourth Street from Spring Street, 1958-2014

1958-2014 Few sections of Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core have been as cruelly ravaged by urban decay as the blocks of Fourth Street in this view. Save for the former Broadway department store, whose corner peeks out at the left … Continue reading

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Aerial views of Bunker Hill and the Civic Center, 1955-c.2013

1955-c. 2013 Oblique aerial photographs provide an incredible wealth of information about urban landscapes. In addition to effectively illustrating the relative scale of buildings and neighborhoods, they offer hundreds of subtler details in higher resolution images. Nonetheless, due to some … Continue reading

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Looking towards Pershing Square from Sixth and Olive Streets, 1965-2014

1965-2014 During its 1951-1952 overhaul, Pershing Square was rebuilt with a number of major design failures which would plague the park for several decades. Most egregiously, ramps to the park’s underground parking garage were built along each side of the … Continue reading

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Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard from New Hampshire Avenue, 1931-2013

1931-2013 Although it revisits a number of previous themes, the present comparison also highlights the many improvements that were made to Los Angeles’ basic street infrastructure during the 20th century. By modern design standards, each of the city’s major arteries … Continue reading

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West side of Main Street south of Second Street, 1952-2013

1952-2013 Like many other of Charles Cushman’s Los Angeles photographs, the top view shows a beleaguered block of Main Street on the verge of its demise. Completed in 1894, the white building at 227 South Main Street was the longtime … Continue reading

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Spring Street parklet, South 600 block of Spring Street, January-February 2013

January-February 2013 Last Thursday, Downtown Los Angeles celebrated the opening of two parklets along Spring Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets, a week after the city’s first parklet opening on Highland Park’s York Boulevard. The southern parklet, pictured above, features … Continue reading

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Looking west on Sixth Street from Main Street, c.1920-2012

c. 1920-2012 Within ten years of the Pacific Electric Building’s opening, the blocks of Sixth Street immediately to the west went through a rapid spurt of development, replacing a low-rise district with a new downtown center. The four-story building at … Continue reading

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