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January 26, 2004
Los Angeles in the early nineties felt on the cusp of becoming the big,, crowded, chaotic city it now is; maybe the riots were the turning point, maybe the dizzy rebuilding after the Northridge earthquake. Something changed: the freeways clogged, the people became surly and scared, and everywhere you looked, a minimall or apartment building with a design that could never be called architecture was growing up like kudzu from the dust. Neighborhoods that seemed to be neighbors now seemed far, far away, and the east and west sides of the city grew suspicious of each others' residents and resources.