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A City of “Angles”

Eric Owen Moss

Flying into Los Angeles on a clear night, you are dazzled by a tapestry of lights, extending from the black void of mountains and desert to the ocean. It’s a glorious mirage that vanishes with the dawn. By day, the descent to LAX reveals an expanse of industrial sheds and a relentless grid of doll houses, interrupted by meager clusters of office towers. Away from a few pampered enclaves, from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica, this is the reality of the flatlands, and Culver City in South Central LA is one of many blue-collar communities that is trying to reinvent itself. The one surviving movie studio is no longer a thriving factory, and light industry has migrated to Asia. Hip restaurants and art galleries have filled the vacuum and young couples are upgrading modest houses.
Twenty-five years ago, when Culver City was a crime-ridden backwater, Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith...

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