Tripalink—Worst Thing Ever?

Nathan Marsak

Nathan Marsak

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Tripalink. There's no need for me to go on about who they are and what they do; I have already written a bit about them here.

Granted, I've lots more to say, but I'm just going to let these pictures speak for themselves.

Bear in mind, everything you're about to see is the work of one man, Donghao Li. Moreover, this is just the tip of the iceberg; there are so many, many more, at least this many more, which I may post more of tomorrow, though you get the idea, right?

966 Kenmore:

1200 West 35th St:

1351 West 37th St:

1414 West 36th St:

1430 West 37th St:

1439 West 37th Dr:

1446 West 37th St:

1455 West 36th St:

1458 West 37th Pl:

1471 West 37th St:

1479 West 35th St:

1601 West 35th St:

1620 West 35th Pl:

1622 West 35th St:

1664 West 37th St:

1815 West Adams Blvd:

3748 Dalton Ave:

Nathan Marsak

About Nathan Marsak

NATHAN MARSAK says: “I came to praise Los Angeles, not to bury her. And yet developers, City Hall and social reformers work in concert to effect wholesale demolition, removing the human scale of my town, tossing its charm into a landfill. The least I can do is memorialize in real time those places worth noting, as they slide inexorably into memory. In college I studied under Banham. I learned to love Los Angeles via Reyner’s teachings (and came to abjure Mike Davis and his lurid, fanciful, laughably-researched assertions). In grad school I focused on visionary urbanism and technological utopianism—so while some may find the premise of preserving communities so much ill-considered reactionary twaddle, at least I have a background in the other side. Anyway, I moved to Los Angeles, and began to document. I drove about shooting neon signs. I put endless miles across the Plains of Id on the old Packard as part of the 1947project; when Kim Cooper blogged about some bad lunch meat in Compton, I drove down to there to check on the scene of the crime (never via freeway—you can’t really learn Los Angeles unless you study her from the surface streets). But in short order one landmark after another disappeared. Few demolitions are as contentious or high profile as the Ambassador or Parker Center; rather, it is all the little houses and commercial buildings the social engineers are desperate to destroy in the name of the Greater Good. The fabric of our city is woven together by communities and neighborhoods who no longer have a say in their zoning or planning so it’s important to shine a light on these vanishing treasures, now, before the remarkable character of our city is wiped away like a stain from a countertop. (But Nathan, you say, it’s just this one house—no, it isn’t. Principiis obsta, finem respice.) And who knows, one might even be saved. Excelsior!””
Nathan’s blogs are: Bunker Hill Los Angeles, RIP Los Angeles & On Bunker Hill.

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