Interesting discussion taking place over at blogdowntown today. Eric Richardson takes exception with a march held yesterday in Downtown Los Angeles. This, in addition to the growing complaints of film shoots, strikes around film shoots, street closures, and new construction in and around the city center.
Eric’s beef is not so much that it was a march of undocumented students who believe they should be entitled to financial aid. It’s that the march was Downtown.
It’s long been my contention that the marches we so often see through Downtown typically do far more harm than good for whatever cause they intend to support. You don’t make a lot of friends by messing up people’s days.
The guys at blogdowntown do a bang-up job on documenting life in DTLA. I read them every day. This isn’t an isolated case. There is chatter on other sites. People who have moved Downtown for that vibrant urbanism that was promised on the shiny brochure and Flash-enabled web advert. They want Downtown to be the center of L.A. They want it to be hip and cool with a 24-hour grocery store, rooftop pools, and a martini bar on every corner. They want it to be the center of attention.
But, they don’t want the hassles that come with living in a true city center. Not in my backyard, they say.
Events of significance should take place in the heart of any great city. They do, on streets called Broadway and Main. They always have. They always will.
Photo of Armistice Day Parade on Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles, 1937
From the Los Angeles Public Library