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Old 12-13-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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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.
Did you know that guy was on a couple episodes of the show "Heroes" a few years ago. Like he had an actual part. He didn't say anything, he was the mystical quiet guide.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Harry Perry ... I was 12 years old when I first saw him on rollerskates (not rollerblades), he must be 60+ now:

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Old 12-13-2012, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Harry Perry ... I was 12 years old when I first saw him on rollerskates (not rollerblades), he must be 60+ now:
Nah, I don't think he's even 50. Is that his name though?
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:42 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Nah, I don't think he's even 50. Is that his name though?

Since I'm 47, he's got to be 65+.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:42 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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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 1 million...
We lived there in the early 80s. Everyone had a pitt bull and you never went out alone at night. (Our tiny little house 8 blocks from the beach with a huge yard was torn down and the home standing there takes up the entire lot; can't even imagine what it costs now.) I'm glad to see the changes and to know that the whole area is safer.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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To think there are people who miss the ghetto Venice of old...
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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Venice is not ghetto, but it's a bit seedy, if that makes sense.

I don't understand this notion that if something doesn't look a shiny new mixed use development ala town centres or BLVD that it's "ghetto".

There are places that are not new and not ghetto. Venice is one of them.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Venice is not ghetto, but it's a bit seedy, if that makes sense.
They're all adjectives with a negative connotation. Unless you think "seedy" is desirable. Edgy may be desirable to some but not seedy.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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They're all adjectives with a negative connotation. Unless you think "seedy" is desirable. Edgy may be desirable to some but not seedy.
I never meant seedy to be remotely desirable, but just less of a negative adj than ghetto. Ghetto to me conjures up images of violence, nothing to do and rat infested. Seedy to me is just old, dirty and there's some gambling going on.

I could see edgy work too but that sounds like too much of a fashion term to me.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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I love Venice! It's one of the few things I really miss about LA. I started going there as a teen, taking buses with friends 1 1/2 hours each way to and from my home in Gardena (boy do I have some entertaining stories from those days!). They had this awesome drum circle that used to meet on Sunday afternoons and we'd just start dancing in the sunshine

I completely agree with the "seedy" assessment. I would definitely not be caught walking around down there after sundown (although I've pushed it on a few occasions). However, it's just such a fascinating place with incredible energy and a super funky vibe. Plus I love all the street artists and boardwalk beachside vendors (my home is filled with awesome artwork and crafts I've picked up from there over the years). I haven't been in a while but I always try and make it a point to visit when I'm down in LA.
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