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Saturday, February 25, 2006

THE REMAINS OF THE HOUSE

Los Angeles continues to surprise me pretty much on a daily basis. If I'm not seeing a palm tree whored up like a Las Vegas showgirl, then I'm watching The Shining in a cemetery with a couple hundred other people.

Unfortunately, not all the surprises are that good. Take for example, the careless and cavalier way people here dispose of buildings. In New England, things are built to last hundreds of years. And you almost never see anything being torn down (unless it's part of the largest and most complex highway and tunnel project in the nation's history). I won't even go into how big the problem is here – for more, go to the Los Angeles Conservancy's web site.

Instead, I'll show you one house in my neighborhood whose demolition began about a year ago. Reduced to just three standing walls, its remains stood defiantly for months. A recent spate of high winds claimed the front wall, but the other two refuse to budge.



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