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North side of Wilshire Boulevard at Westmoreland Avenue, 1928-2014

1928-2014 As in many recent posts on Wilshire Boulevard, the top photograph shows a few of the Wilshire District’s early houses on the eve of the thoroughfare’s swift transition to a major commercial corridor. Today, the corner sits near the … Continue reading

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Looking east on Wilshire Boulevard from Wilton Place, 1960-2014

1960-2014 Although the top photograph was primarily taken to document Los Angeles’ experiment in painting cross street names in roadways, it happens to be a nicely framed view of Wilshire Center’s western border in 1960. Since then, a number of … Continue reading

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Southwestern Law School Housing, Seventh Street between Shatto Place and Westmoreland Avenue, 2012-2013

2012-2013 After a year and a half of construction, doors will open this fall to Southwestern Law School’s first on-campus housing facility, located on the north side of Seventh Street between Shatto Place and Westmoreland Avenue. In spite of its … Continue reading

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West side of Western Avenue north of Fourth Street, 1927-2013

1927-2013 Los Angeles’ suburban expansion in the 1920s is best known for creating much of the city’s characteristic, low-rise form, defined by dense collections of single-family homes and small apartment buildings. At the same time however, the city’s westward growth … 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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Northeast corner of Fifth and Main Streets, 1973-2013

1973-2013 Once a busy commercial district in the early 20th century, the central portion of Main Street deteriorated substantially after the Second World War as concentrated poverty spiked in the eastern areas of downtown. By the early 1970s, Main Street … Continue reading

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Looking north on Spring Street from Sixth Street c.1940-2011

c. 1940-2011 After decades of neglect, the rebirth of Spring Street as an active mixed-use┬áresidential and retail street is one of downtown Los Angeles’ greatest success stories. Yet despite the preservation of its historic highrises, its street-level views have changed … Continue reading

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