Don't Raze Them – Reuse Them

Los Angeles changes constantly. Buildings disappear, new structures rise; sadly, this change is not always for the better.

Landmark buildings get help – sometimes. They escape the wrecking ball, get renovated, are restored to their former beauty and put back into business. Examples can be seen all over the city and let one imagine what certain areas of Los Angeles once must have looked like.

Lesser structures fare much worse. It takes a lot of community effort to first prevent their being demolished and then even more of an effort to find some use for the building plus the funds for renovation. One example is this former cinema in Studio City which is now a Barnes & Noble book store:


Whether this former bakery in San Pedro with its 71-year history will find a new life seems doubtful. Maybe in a year some soulless structure will rise on this corner and another example of ’30s decor will be gone forever.


2 thoughts on “Don't Raze Them – Reuse Them”

  1. Strangely enough maybe the economic downturn might help – who wants to build right now in San Pedro?

    You know what? That was my first thought when I saw the building: “That’s so, so Miami.”

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