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Old 05-02-2012, 11:31 PM
 
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A Drive Through Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles, ca. 1940s : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:42 PM
 
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Wow! What a great video. It's crazy to see how DTLA looked like in the 40's. Very classy.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:12 AM
 
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Wow! What a great video. It's crazy to see how DTLA looked like in the 40's. Very classy.
Yes, it's quite a contrast from what it's become.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Johnstown, CO
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Great video, but man did pedestrians have a lack of regard for traffic in those days.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Yes, it's quite a contrast from what it's become.
Really disappointing that the neighborhood was pretty much razed.

On one hand LA now has a fairly impressive skyline.

On the other hand LA lost what was considered its "most urban residential neighborhood".

The OP would like to see LA become more like Manhattan, but this video is an excellent lesson in the cost (other than $$) it takes to build highrises like that.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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The quality is really good. The smog looked really bad in the video.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Wow, almost everyone walking (that I can make out) is of a certain declining racial group. Looks like Des Moines with palm trees! Fascinating footage - I'd love to be able to go back in time for a day to see what my parents witnessed as teenagers.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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Really disappointing that the neighborhood was pretty much razed.

On one hand LA now has a fairly impressive skyline.

On the other hand LA lost what was considered its "most urban residential neighborhood".

The OP would like to see LA become more like Manhattan, but this video is an excellent lesson in the cost (other than $$) it takes to build highrises like that.
I agree with that. If anything, I wish there was an architect today with a passion for 1930's architecture who'd bring back the look. It's better than glass buildings.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Wow, that was so cool! It's really cool to see an actual few minutes from that time period. You can watch the movies and such, but you really get a feel for the time with actual stock footage. Life seemed so simple back then. I wish I could spend a day in times like that, just to see how different it was.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Really disappointing that the neighborhood was pretty much razed.

On one hand LA now has a fairly impressive skyline.

On the other hand LA lost what was considered its "most urban residential neighborhood".

The OP would like to see LA become more like Manhattan, but this video is an excellent lesson in the cost (other than $$) it takes to build highrises like that.
Much of Bunker Hill in that footage looks nearly identical to the streets of San Francisco. It really is too bad that the neighborhood was completely erased because there's no doubt it'd be one of the most coveted areas in LA by now if it had been left alone.
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