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Old 11-03-2007, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Los Feliz
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I've never hung out there much...although I do end up there periodically. I think the last time was about 4 months ago on a weekend. It was packed but eased up as the sun got low. Hollywood Blvd seems to have taken up the slack. I agree with it's heydey being the early 90's.
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Old 11-03-2007, 01:19 PM
 
Location: manhattan
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Melrose is sooooo last decade. It's OVER.
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Old 11-03-2007, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Hollywood Blvd seems to have taken up the slack.
I was driving south on Highland and tried to make a right turn onto Hollywood Blvd. Ended up having to wait quite a while because of all the pedestrians flooding the intersection. I just kept on thinking: Is this really LA? Or is it New York? Really nice to see how many people are out walking in that area both day and night.
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Why is Melrose ave so deserted? I used to go there last year and the place was completley DEAD.

Once-trendy Melrose Avenue shopping area losing its cachet - latimes.com
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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It's been that way for sometime now, even during the week. Good to see.

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I was driving south on Highland and tried to make a right turn onto Hollywood Blvd. Ended up having to wait quite a while because of all the pedestrians flooding the intersection. I just kept on thinking: Is this really LA? Or is it New York? Really nice to see how many people are out walking in that area both day and night.
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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i think that the heyday of melrose was in the early 90s.
In terms of peak and trendy popularity (read: tourists) the early 1990's probably was Melrose's peak.

But for those not old enough to remember the 1980's take a look at this photo (see link) of Melrose in the 1980's. It's the storefront of Poseur's, a punk rock clothing store, which was a mecca for punk rock kids.

Poseur History - Page Three

In addition to all the punk rock kids hanging around, you'll notice furniture repair shops, dry cleaners, etc. It was not a high rent district at all....although that process was well under way by the late 1980's.
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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I used to visit from 1980 to 1984 or so. WACKO, Flip, and the newsstand near the NE corner of Fairfax and Melrose (I think it was called 'Centrefold). You're right, it was hardly high-rent, but whatta great vibe, not to mention a great excuse to grab something at Canter's.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Not to mention Aron's and Rene's record stores, within walking distance of each other, where you could find great used, hard-to-find imports for cheap or sell some vinyl if you needed some quick cash. Good times.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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I think the current decline is more related to the recession and rents, then it is with losing popularity/cachet. (Though, places like Downtown's Historic Core, Fairfax Ave south of Melrose, and Sunset Blvd in Echo Park are indeed gaining traction).
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I think the current decline is more related to the recession and rents, then it is with losing popularity/cachet. (Though, places like Downtown's Historic Core, Fairfax Ave south of Melrose, and Sunset Blvd in Echo Park are indeed gaining traction).
I also think the Grove has cut into Melrose's customer base.....although I personally can't stand the Grove.
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