12 Nov Colored Los Angeles
It can take 30 minutes to drive 12 blocks across town in traffic inside downtown LA. The congestion is overwhelming to one with anxiety, and the smog just may give you congestion in your lungs. LA has its downfalls, it’s not perfect for everyone. But lose the car and take the train/subway ( yes LA does have a subway) grab a bottle of water and a backpack you can get just about anywhere downtown in 15 minutes of walking.
Inside downtown you will find a thriving community where the important things are not always material but the people around us. Where you can see a band, grab a cab, grab a drink, view new works at the local gallery and where you can still get that ice cream from Roberto the ice cream man on the same corner he was ten years ago. I grew up doing art and photography in this city. There’s no other city like it!
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Downtown by Charles Bukowski
nobody ever goes downtown anymore
the plants and trees are cut down around
and the preachers are not as good
and down on Broadway
the Mexicans stand in line
waiting to see Mexican movies.
I walk down to Clifton’s cafeteria….
the waterfall is still there
the few whites are old and poor
dressed in 1940 clothing
sitting at small tables on the first
I take my food upstairs to the
more tired than hostile
the men from out of the factories
their once beautiful wives now
the men wanting badly to get drunk
but the money is needed for
clothes, tires, jump ropes, tv sets
children’s shoes, children’s clothing.
I finish eating
walk down to the bottom floor and out,
and nearby is a penny-arcade.
I walk in.
it is full of young Mexicans
between the ages of six and
and they shoot machine guns
and the piped in music is very
they fly spacecraft
test their strength
fight in the ring
have horse races
but none of them want their fortunes told.
I lean against a wall and
I walk outside again.
I walk down and across from the Herald-Examiner
where my car is parked.
I get in. then I drive away.
it’s Sunday. And it’s true
like they say: nobody ever
goes downtown anymore.
– Charles Bukowski
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