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Antiseptic Left Turn


JM, Banal crossroads, 5.1.09

Thirty years ago, Hollywood and Vine was like Times Square---and I mean that in the worst way. Today, Hollywood and Vine is like Times Square---and I mean that in the worst way.

The CRA's scrub brush has brought inlaid crosswalks, sand-blasted facades, fashionable jeans, too-trimmed palms and a guy on a Harley to this old time grubby intersection formerly for man-whores, cracked actors and a perpetually drooling newsboy. I liked it better the way it was, when nobody liked it the way it was. And I had a memorable internship in the Taft Building in 1984---when you could open a window and hear sirens and queens breaking glass down in the parking lot.

Good gratuitous view of east Hollywood Boulevard/Argyle in the driver's mirror, but too bad it's not wide enough for that old Pep Boys....