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Old 07-13-2018, 08:55 AM
 
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I heard that Hollywood was once great then deteriorated and from what I saw is now rejuvenating with all these crates and how glitzy it is now. It makes sense that it deteriorated as many urban cities went on a decline in the 70s and 80s with nyc being no exception. I am assuming this was when Hollywood also fell on a decline. My question was how was Hollywood during its “distressed times”. Was it like Times Square in NYC where you had peep shows, and things of that nature? Or was it just run down with low quality stores? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I tried to look online for this piece of information but could not find anything. Thanks.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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It wasn't as bad as the movies depicted the prostitute strolls of NYC but it was bad in that way. A lot of the open street walking was cleared out for the 1984 Olympics and while that vice had not returned to the late 70s level. However working girls and boys have been more than replaced by homeless
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:34 PM
 
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It wasn't as bad as the movies depicted the prostitute strolls of NYC but it was bad in that way. A lot of the open street walking was cleared out for the 1984 Olympics and while that vice had not returned to the late 70s level. However working girls and boys have been more than replaced by homeless
Thanks do you know if the area was run down? Also did you have things like madame toussains and ripleys believe it or not?
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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The tourist attractions where there I don't remember the exact names because I was not a tourist, but the venues were smaller. Madame Tussands defiantly wasn't there back then though I think it is about ten years old. The other wax museum and Grauman's Chinese Theatre would have been the tourist draws. Beyond that the Pussycat Theatre playing Deep Throat and The devil In Miss Jones from the early 70s up through the 80s when home VHS business killed it and the lower class strip clubs/adult theatres.

I knew the area because I had a choice of catching two buses to Westwood or one to Hollywood to see movies as there were not malls a locations with more than one movie playing. A lot more theatres up and down the streets as there were not multiplexes but one screen each
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Laguna Niguel, Orange County CA
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Uh, what?
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:27 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Also did you have things like madame toussains and ripleys believe it or not?
They weren't in Hollywood in the 1970s and 80s. Madame Tussauds opened in Hollywood in 2009. Ripley's Believe It or Not has been open there since 1993, but underwent a renovation about five years ago to make it more family friendly. It was pretty gruesome before that.
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:41 PM
 
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I lived in Hollywood in 1999 and 2000. Right off of Hollywood BLVD and La Brea. It didn't have a lot back then, IMO. Some funky bars, and some classic bars like Boardners. If you walked eat a little it seemed "old" and not much there.

Now it's (obviously) upgraded with new shops, stores and restaurants, and it's pedestrian friendlier with the "all walk" crosswalks which I think are great.

Prices for apartments have gone up a lot as there are "luxery apartments" and "loft" and "suites" and 2 massive apartment construction projects going on in between Hollywood BLVD and Sunset.

More high end and more homeless, however.

To the east Echo Park and Silver Lake are not hip and in Silver Lake it was rough in the 90s but now has gone up in both people and property values.

On a related note, there is a book that I'm reading called "Inversion" where the author discusses to movement away from / out of the suburbs to city areas. He doesn't like the term "gentrified" but uses the term "inversion" as people are moving back or reverting to city areas from the suburbs and ex-urbs.

Worth a read.

Hollwyood being better is better for everyone IMO (except for the renters).
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