LA may not have a center, a heart, but it does have districts with attractive names. Or so some council or committee has, within the past decade, decided.
Hello, I am Giuseppe, and will be your tour guide this afternoon.
It took humor and optimism to name Spring and 7th "Gallery Row." In the case of either the word Gallery or Row, and certainly their marriage, it may take at least another decade before "art" is the first thing that leaps to mind.
Previously, this area belonged to the Shooting Gallery, a hidden, or at least largely ignored network of abandoned buildings, SRO's, and hotels with hourly rates, where guests could meet, mingle, and mainline heroin. Things were served up family style, and children welcome.
Skid Row proper was, and still is, just around the corner.
Today, the area is what you might call, "mixed use."
A thriving commercial district rubs shoulders with the likes of Ansel Adams.
Some galleries seem to have a better business plan
That's all for now. Don't let the door hit you on your way out, and
See you in choich.