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L.A. Alley: 1936

L.A. Alley: 1936

February 1936. "Mexican quarter of Los Angeles. One-quarter mile from City Hall. Area has been condemned and will be torn down shortly to make space for the new Union Railroad station. Average rent is eight dollars." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

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I’m trying to figure why the bottom of the board-and-batten outer wall falls short of the ground to the right of the girl and boulder compared with the left side. (And what’s that rock doing there, anyways?) Furthermore, the bottoms of the boards look degraded and rotten but the vertical post looks worn away or even chewed by something. What would that something have been? I wouldn’t crawl into that space even if you offered me a shiny new dime.

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