Just Above Sunset
June 5, 2005 - The Opposite of California Glitz

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Because of its political leanings Santa Monica has been lightheartedly labeled The People's Republic of Santa Monica.  Satirist Harry Shearer calls it "The home of the homeless."  But even in its normal neighborhoods – the ones far back from the beach without the multimillion dollar McMansions – life is pretty good.  Here is 20th and Pearl – just behind Santa Monica City College - and a slice of real life.  The real Southern California?  Perhaps so.


Half-hearted streamline modern with a non-leftist flag …

Santa Monica Flag

Post-war bungalow apartments with a lazy cat…

Post-war bungalow apartments with a lazy cat...

Streamline modern bungalow apartments (no cat) –

Streamline modern bungalow apartments (no cat)

The neighborhood jacaranda tree – being very symmetrical of course –

The neighborhood jacaranda tree

What passes for a mansion here – and it would seem the owners have bit of a green thumb –

Green thumb house...

A place to spend the afternoon –

A place to spend the afternoon ...

Tile roofs everywhere –

Tile roofs everywhere -


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