L.A. Bunker Hill circa 1940s

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Bunker Hill


Bunker Hill in Los Angeles is roughly five square blocks located in the Northwest area of downtown.  In 1959, the area was the subject of a massive “urban-renewal” project that would change the downtown landscape.

In the early part of the twentieth century, Bunker Hills was home to some of the most elegant mansions, hotels, and Los Angeles elite.  By the 1950s, however, downtown was loosing its luster, and most of these large homes became subdivided into low-income housing.

The Bunker Hill project started in 1959 and continued for the next 53 years.  We can see the dramatic change in landscape and architecture thanks to this short film by Keven McAlester (published by The NewYorker), which shows a side-by-side comparison of the streets in downtown Los Angeles from the 1940s and today.


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