A section of Abott Kinney Blvd in Venice was recently christened by GQ Magazine as "the coolest block in America." I was coming back from LAX a couple weeks ago, and decide to take a short cut home along Abott Kinney (aka Hipsterville).
Flying into LAX a couple hours earlier in the day allowed me to grab this pic of Downtown L.A. out the window.
For me, LAX has a nostalgic feel, reminding me of when my family first moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960's. Personally, I like it - especially the Theme Building, subject of the previous post.
But, yes, some aspects are in need of a face lift.
The large promotional ad to Chris Burden's "Urban Light." If you've visiting Los Angeles, this is a must see, in my opinion.
Got my car and decided to trade the mind-numbing traffic on the 405 Freeway for the slightly less mind-numbing traffic on the surface streets. Rolled by Randy's Dounuts, one of the most famous examples of "programmatic architecture" in the world.
Traffic on Lincoln Blvd: as I've commented earlier, this one of the ugliest streets in L.A.
IMO, but even Lincoln didn't look bad thanks to the clouds and approaching twilight.
I took a left at Washington Blvd and then a right on Abott Kinney. It's a residential neighborhood for the first few blocks - the commercial district is west of Venice Blvd.
Welcome to Hipsterville.
Gourmet Food Trucks are all the rage in Los Angeles (and elsewhere). Abott Kinney is no exception.
Of course, the downside of food trucks is that there no where to actually sit down and eat. I had parked around back, so I ended up eating it in my car. This was across the street from where I parked. Really says "Venice" - in all it's bohemian and hipster glory.
A final view of Abott Kinney at twilight. Here's a link to the first of a two part series I did while walking up and down this street a few years ago.
Turned right and headed north up Main Street in Santa Monica. Here's another link to a walk up and down Main Street back in 2010.
We now live out of the area, a solid three hour drive up the coast.
Good memories of our five years living in L.A.
And good (and relatively cheap) food - thanks to the food truck in Hipsterville: Abott Kinney Blvd.
All part of experiencing L.A.
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