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Arts District's changing landscape is worrisome to longtime residents
Arts District's changing landscape is worrisome to longtime residents

Every morning Melissa Richardson Banks walks the Arts District hunting for new scenes. One Saturday it's the word "Life" stenciled on a sidewalk in black spray paint. A few weeks later it's a yellow construction crane blocking the skyline. She has snapped more than 25,000 photographs of her neighborhood in the last year, posting her favorites on her website. "I'm a little obsessed," she says proudly. "Something changes every day. It's like lightning speed." In the 1970s, the streets east of Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River made up a dingy district of hollowed-out warehouses that landlords rented to artists who needed a lot of...

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