From the LA Weekly
Abbot Kinney. Oh boy. Don’t get us started. First, a special exception will be granted for all the O.G. Venice people who for so long tried to foster an artistic sense of community along Abbot Kinney Boulevard: Joe’s, Hal’s & Grill, Sarlo Realty, even The Brig and resident Robert Downey Jr. All of you and more get passes. We are not even worthy.
And let’s be clear here: Much of the rest of Abbot Kinney is not so much a neighborhood as an exception to any concept of Venice as a place where artists, surfers, African Americans and Latinos used to rule. As such, any new “vintage” boutique, high-end jewelry seller, “locavore” eatery or “beach lifestyle” knick-knack shop where surfboards and skate decks are used as decor get one of our Douche of the Neighborhood awards.
Really. You vegan, sustainable, yuppie-ass, sponge-longboard-toting newcomers should all be taken over to Sixth Avenue in the still-gritty Oakwood neighborhood and made to camp out for one hot summer night just to see how long you’d survive.
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Thanks to Regan for sending the article in!