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It was a gorgeous Southern California day as Beloved Husband and I made our way around Downtown Los Angeles to a few historic sites I have never seen in my twenty plus years as a residents. One of our stops included colorful Olvera Street-- it's considered the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles and dates back to 1877.
Today it is filled with great foods and lots of shopping from a string of kiosks and small stores that sell a lot of this....
And did someone say shoes?!?!?!
And this, cuz you never know when you might need one....
Oh, and the food vendors and restaurants looked and smelled amazing!
We decided to pay a visit because, frankly, we're not sure how long Olvera Street will remain-- at least like this. The City of Los Angeles recently realized they hadn't raised the vendors rents in many, many years. And since the city is in such bad financial straights, they have added the Olvera Street vendors to their list of expenses to be corrected, effective immediately-- Meaning merchants say their rents have been, on average, quadrupled!
You know what that means-- Bye, bye family owned businesses, hello corporate America....
No, I don't know all the details or what the solution is, (more info here) but I do know if rents are in the thousands of dollars-- as in $3000- $4000 more than current vendors were paying, you won't be seeing seeing them for long, and that's a shame.
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