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I love Culver City, it's diverse, nice place to walk and bike ride.
Downside, older buildings need to be upgraded, they are an eyesore!
One thing I appreciate about Culver City is its diversity. Many other neighborhoods in Los Angeles tend to be pretty homogenous. Culver City has people who are rich, poor, and middle-class; black, white, and brown; convervative and liberal; conventional and alternative. We have residential suburban areas, industrial manufacturing zones, business districts, and art spaces. We have the charm and intimacy of a small town, and the energy and chaos of a big city. I describe it to outsiders as: "Mayberry in the middle of Gomorrah." We have the best of it all.
I spent a lot of time as a kid and teenager in Culver City. Saturdays at the Culver Theater were a real treat. As was my elementary school trip to Helm Bakery. And of course the yearly back to school shopping trip to Culver Center. And of course the ability to buy fireworks!! As I got older there were the nights at the Culver Drive In followed by burgers at Woody's. And there was always Johnnie's Pastrami and who can forget the "Rollerdrome" and that organ music?? I see that Culver City is now considered "hip" and "trendy". That may make some happy, but for me it is a sad evolution of a city that was home to a lot of everyday working class people. For us, a Titos taco or a Papa Burger at A&W was heaven.
3 a/m top of the world, Getty oil fields near Marycrest Manor, best view in WLA. Riding along Youngworth, crossing overland, down Flaxton, careful along Kinston, wow, people hanging out at 3 a/m??? crossing Jefferson, heading toward Lindbergh park, crossing the bridge over Ballona creek, riding up the hill into the CCJHS parking lot near the old indoor pool, taking Elenda across Culver into the old studios, where's King Kong? Up Girard to cross Venice and on my way into LA, my heart will always be in Culver City.
We love the small town feel of Culver City. Downtown Culver is burgeoning and bustling now, with many new restaurants and a whole arts scene. Nonetheless, tucked behind the new facades are still charming older homes with families. We enjoy living in a place that responds to civic and social concerns, but still has the amenities and proximity to Los Angeles just right over Venice Blvd. :)
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