A Pedestrian’s Eye View of La-La-Land

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Venice (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

Los Angeles isn’t exactly a walking city. It’s neighborhoods are far apart, crisscrossed by arterial roads and linked by twelve-lane freeways, and there’s no respite from the Southern California sun along treeless streets. But in driving everywhere, you lose something: the façades. Los Angeles is a great city for observing. And as great as it is for people watching, it’s even better for its buildings. Not the landmark buildings, but the mundane ones, the squat, nearly identical one- and two-story boxes that line every avenue and boulevard and present themselves to passersby, if they really look, through distinct riots of colors and signs and text and graphics. L.A. has a unique magic, but you have to slow down and get out of your car to see it. Here are a few photos from a four days’ wander around Tinseltown.

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New Chinatown (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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New Chinatown (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Chinatown (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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New Chinatown (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Chinatown (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Chinatown (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Little Tokyo (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Downtown (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Sunset Boulevard (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Rodeo Drive (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Rodeo Drive (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Rodeo Drive (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Santa Monica (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Venice

Venice (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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Venice (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

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4 comments

  1. some great colourful shots – thanks for sharing

  2. Your photography is amazing. You have an eye with making a normal ordinary independent storefront or restaurant look amazing. There is something that really can be said of businesses that are not franchises, (which always look the same).
    Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
    ~Carl~

  3. Reblogged this on LUWAGGA ALLAN.

  4. los angelish is not a walking city

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