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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Santa Monica Blvd (Part II: West L.A.)

Walking up Santa Monica Blvd. from the ocean (see Part I of this series) had me crossing over from Santa Monica to Los Angeles at Centinela.

The area in yellow in the above map is called West Los Angeles (not to be confused with "the westside" of L.A., which encompasses a much larger area) and is part of the City of Los Angeles.

Crossing over into West L.A. I noticed a plethoria of "mini-malls" - most of which sprang up in the 1980's. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

These are just a few of the many I saw in a one mile stretch through West L.A. On one hand, they're considered fairly ugly in terms of architecture and overall athestics. Many of them are on the sites of former gas stations.

On the other hand, they provide much cheaper retail space for merchants and their customers. Not everything can - or should - be Rodeo Drive.

Yet another mini mall. Little did I know that this one at Santa Monica Blvd and Brockton would make the news in less than a week (stay tuned).

I walked to Barrington Drive - a little over three miles, then took a MTA bus back to my car. Nice walk ... wonder if I could go further next time?

More in Part III.


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