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Watch This Captivating Side-By-Side Comparison Of L.A. 70 Years Apart

By Ashlyn Davis April 28, 2020

How much has the city really changed?

The New Yorker created a fascinating side-by-side comparison of a drive around DTLA. Filmmaker Kevin McAlester was commissioned to recreate a 70-year-old drive through downtown Los Angeles. His split-screen tour of Bunker Hill in DTLA in the 1940s and a present day L.A. shows how much—or how little—the city has really changed.

In the 1950s, the elegant facades of mansions and hotels were replaced with low-incoming housing known as  The Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project. The area was populated with pensioners, immigrants and workers, according to The New Yorker. 

Fast-forward and the buildings have since been adaptively reused by businesses or developed into loft apartments, drawing in droves of artists and Financial District workers. In the video, you’ll see a shifting skyline as quaint residential homes are replaced with the sleek curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and other major art institutions like the MOCA.

Featured image: New Yorker