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Old 10-08-2014, 05:02 PM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n77NxU0CHPw

A really cool video. El A when it was still an oasis almost all over. Shows Broadway in downtown, Wilshire Blvd Miracle Mile, Drugstore across from the now Beverly Center, Crenshaw Shopping Center, Thrifty's on LaBrea in Baldwin Hills. Seems like the heyday of El A. Can anyone spot other familiar streets and places?
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:06 PM
 
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LA was paradise in the 50s.
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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That was awesome! I was born in Los Angeles in 1954. I remember my Mom taking me to the Crenshaw shopping center. Many years later I worked just down the street from that Rexall Drug.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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LA was paradise in the 50s.
Except for the smog which began to appear in the 1940's and was a real problem which only got worse in the 1950's.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:50 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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I don't care what John Stossel or any of the other anti-nostalgia people say; society was safer and more wholesome back then. Everybody was your neighbor, and people didn't do the sorts of things to each other that they do today.
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:06 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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Stop trying to make "El A" happen.

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I don't care what John Stossel or any of the other anti-nostalgia people say; society was safer and more wholesome back then. Everybody was your neighbor, and people didn't do the sorts of things to each other that they do today.
Just as many people were degenerates back then. Society at large just didn't know it. The only reason there's more crime now is narcotics. Back then men would get drunk, slap their wives around, and that was normal. Now people get hooked on drugs, steal from their grandmothers and rob people on the streets to pay for their next fix. Heroin, crack, meth, pain pills, etc are a scourge on society.
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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My favorite memory is riding the Red Car with my Mother on Friday mornings to do our shopping at Grand Central Market. Nickel Cokes at the Woolworth lunchonette. Special occasions involved lunch at Clifton's Cafeteria. A double rocky road ice cream cone was a dime at Thrifty's. I could go on....
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:14 AM
 
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I don't care what John Stossel or any of the other anti-nostalgia people say; society was safer and more wholesome back then. Everybody was your neighbor, and people didn't do the sorts of things to each other that they do today.
The elephant in the room is El A was less diverse and much more segregated. The transplants were from other states not third world countries who come here but they hate America. In the old days there was immigration but the people who came loved the country and wanted to be American. Music i.e. rap and hip hop was not present. Songs were about hardship and love but not killing other people. The civil rights movement had not taken place yet and spiraled into its current negative trajectory. People focused on family cohesiveness and values whereas nowadays certain cultures think its acceptable to have 5 or 10 babies out of wedlock with different fathers and collect the welfare check from the government. I could go on and on but that is the elephant in the room.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:11 AM
 
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I don't care what John Stossel or any of the other anti-nostalgia people say; society was safer and more wholesome back then. Everybody was your neighbor, and people didn't do the sorts of things to each other that they do today.
It was. People just followed this unwritten code and etiquette. You could leave your doors unlocked and trust a stranger. Now you always have to be careful. And as a result, even the nice strangers (like myself) are guarded and cold to unfamiliars.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:47 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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The elephant in the room is El A was less diverse and much more segregated. The transplants were from other states not third world countries who come here but they hate America. In the old days there was immigration but the people who came loved the country and wanted to be American. Music i.e. rap and hip hop was not present. Songs were about hardship and love but not killing other people. The civil rights movement had not taken place yet and spiraled into its current negative trajectory. People focused on family cohesiveness and values whereas nowadays certain cultures think its acceptable to have 5 or 10 babies out of wedlock with different fathers and collect the welfare check from the government. I could go on and on but that is the elephant in the room.
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I bet those neighborhoods that were once bright and prosperous have become decaying "hoods" that rappers used to praise and now where Latinos park their 20 year old Hondas on the once pristine front lawns. Ah progress.
It must break your bigoted hearts that LA won't be bringing back the sundown towns anytime soon. Poor you.

If it makes you feel better (not that I care) crime in the city is currently at levels not seen since... the 50's. On top of being a FAR more interesting, diverse place. Don't like it? There are plenty of homogeneous areas in the US you can move to.
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