Monday, July 4, 2011

The Last Greasy Spoon in Hollywood

Last of the Hollywood "joints"

Looking at the place where it stood
Three years later, after a lot of "community activist" involvement in this property, it is being replace by a high rise building. Where the greasy spoon was is not this.

As seen from the reverse angle
Yours truly never ate at this one. It just looks to ill kept. They were there for decades, little "kiosk" like food stands in Hollywood. They served sandwiches mostly. A few were juice bars. Now this is the last one and it's a goner, too. The parking lot, unseen in this photo, but in the foreground and to the left, as well as the Montalban Theater (background) and Molly's are all going under the wrecking ball to make way for a five or six story . . . development. I can't say I'm sorry to see Molly's go, but what's replacing it isn't likely to be better.

Hollywood survives as a place mostly on tourism.  They are the only group that can afford the luxuries that Hollywood as a brand name offers. The zipcodes around the area, 90028, 90038, 90029, are some of the most over-crowded parts of Los Angeles. The people living here (about 25,000 per square mile) are mostly tenants, many retirees. The trend in trendy Hollywood has been to claim to be luxurious, while trying to appeal to as broad a section of the public as possible. It isn't called the petit-bourgeois for no reason.

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