A new short film from Keven McAlester analyzes the differences between downtown Los Angeles streets in the 1940s to today with old and new footage of Bunker Hill. The scene in both time periods show the area as somewhat desolate, writes Neal Broverman for Los Angeles magazine.
While the version in 2010 shows shiny, gleaming new museums and government buildings, it's not much more populated than it was in the 1940s when drifters, drunks and writers like John Fante were there.
Those squat homes are now filled with skyscrapers and monuments to culture, like MOCA, the Broad, and Disney Hall. While everything looks clean and modern in the video, Bunker Hill—as opposed to other DTLA environs like the Historic Core or South Park—still appears mostly abandoned. The tall and expensive buildings lack a close attachment to the street; they’re like Monets, better from afar than up close.