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Old 06-19-2012, 05:18 PM
 
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Venice has to be one of my favorite places in LA. Very East Village NYC but on the beautiful Pacific Yeah it's a bit gritty, and earthy but also very fun.

Go to Gjelina, Grab the chick pea stew or one of their delicious artisanal pizzas. Have a few glasses of wine, then traipse down Abbot Kinney with a cool little wine buzz on. Check out a gallery or some cool boutiques. I'm telling ya, danger will be the last thing on your mind.

Of course, I will say if being robbed at gun point makes you a bit squeamish than it might be best to stay in Santa Monica. (Just kidding) Seriously though Venice is a trip.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Have a few glasses of wine, then traipse down Abbot Kinney with a cool little wine buzz on. Check out a gallery or some cool boutiques. I'm telling ya, danger will be the last thing on your mind.
Well, that's pretty much true anywhere after you're good and drunk. Venice does make a bit more sense in such a state, though. Makes roller skating guitar guy an even more enjoyable entertainment.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:42 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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Venice has really come a long way in the past few years. COLUMN ONE: In Venice, a new business bloom on Rose Avenue - latimes.com
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:17 AM
 
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It's Ghetto Fabulous...
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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CA4NOW I saw that article yesterday too...I found it interesting because Venice has been getting more and more upscale for years.

Tiny little houses in Venice for over 1million kind or ridiculous when you gotta deal with bums all over crapping all over the place.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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i lived near rose on the SM side less than 5 years ago and there was nothing of interest on that street besides the rose cafe, la cabana and a discount clothing store (DNA i think it was called). the old pioneer bakery was shuttered and 3rd and 4th were packed with RVs that people lived in. i think the opening of whole foods is what sparked the change. i remember when the place opened, it was packed at all times. it was as if it was cool to hang out at a grocery store, which seemed ridiculous to me. having said that, it was still a cool area with easy access to main street and the rest of venice.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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i lived near rose on the SM side less than 5 years ago and there was nothing of interest on that street besides the rose cafe, la cabana and a discount clothing store (DNA i think it was called). the old pioneer bakery was shuttered and 3rd and 4th were packed with RVs that people lived in. i think the opening of whole foods is what sparked the change. i remember when the place opened, it was packed at all times. it was as if it was cool to hang out at a grocery store, which seemed ridiculous to me. having said that, it was still a cool area with easy access to main street and the rest of venice.
I agree the whole foods was the beginning of the change. La Cabana has changed and become more trendy as well. The streets north of Rose where the RVs are have become gentrified. If you go south of Rose the area was super dangerous and gang infested in the 90s. It's much much better now but still not the best area, especially closer to the southeast end.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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If Whole Foods would just open in every rundown or sketchy area...the whole city would be "gentrified"
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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No real reason to frequent VB.


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Depends on what you like, I love Venice. To each his own...

Yeah Venice is dope! Go there on a Saturday around brunch time and you'll think your friend was a lunatic! What's interesting is that a lot of privileged people grow up in these bubbled areas with pretty much one or two races being predominant and when they see a place with all types of people and conditions unlike their own, they call them "ghetto" (hate that word). It's classist in my opinion, but anyway. Venice beach, as an actual beach isn't the nicest but the area as an entity is amazing. You have the pier, the board walk and all sorts of people there. It's dope!
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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CA4NOW I saw that article yesterday too...I found it interesting because Venice has been getting more and more upscale for years.

Tiny little houses in Venice for over 1million kind or ridiculous when you gotta deal with bums all over crapping all over the place.
Homeless people not bums man...come on!
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