Downtown – The LA Noir Series
Darkness. Homelessness between faded glory and neon lights. Marquees as last remains of Broadway’s more glamorous times. Abandonment and adherence of the old world of cinema. This district once had the highest concentration of movie theatres in the world.
Downtown Los Angeles has changed in the last couple of years. The city cleaned up the streets even more, they put Urban Outfitters in an old theatre on Broadway. Doormen stand guard at the doors to newly renovated apartment buildings around the Historic Theatre District and the Commercial District.
You can clean up the streets but I still felt the vibe from years ago when there was the dirt, the smell, the noise. The chatter of people living on the streets, screaming at each other or talking to themselves. Now the streets are almost empty as soon as the night falls.
These streets probably carried more glamour in the old days than any other street in Hollywood shows off today. And the degeneration and atrophy of glitz and glamour reflect the real world behind the shining marquees: the show is over, the lights are off and darkness falls on the pavement.