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Diane Watson
Military retailer is Leimert Park's unwelcome neighbor
Military retailer is Leimert Park's unwelcome neighbor

In Leimert Park, neighborhood boosters dream of new markets, cafés and galleries springing up when a Metro station opens there in five years, drawing riders from across Los Angeles to this center of African American culture. The nearby blocks already boast a vegan café serving up pumpkin rice, a bookshop selling biographies of Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells, and the spiraling marquee of the historic Vision Theatre. But when passengers emerge from the subway, some residents fear the first thing they will see are the barren walls and blocked windows of Botach Tactical — an online retailer of police and military equipment, including rifles, ammunition, holsters and other...

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