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Neighborhood spotlight: L.A. Arts District

Neighborhood spotlight: L.A. Arts District

You can still, in certain haunts where old Los Angeles punks are known to gather, hear tales of the fabled late 1970s as experienced by the artists, writers and musicians who inhabited the strip of abandoned industrial land between Alameda Street and the L.A. River that became known as the Arts District.

On the one hand, the area offered squalid living conditions and a bare minimum of amenities (aside from a few decent dive bars); on the other, there was the cheap rent and the freedom it created.

While the rest of the city was in full retreat from downtown, these artists took full advantage of a moment in time when the neighborhood was empty, aside from a few forlorn freight...

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