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Vintage Venice Pictures: Rollerskaters of the '70s
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May 22, 2012
12:26 am
Locally Grown
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May 17, 2012

Dear knewfield,

We share a similar vision for Venice.

Venice Boardwalk Pagoda 

Vintage Venice Beach Drum Circle 

It is my sincere hope that these images will inspire and motivate enough to influence a Venice Revival.


PS. That’s me & Rita in the upper photo, c1979.

All images are ©2011 Venice Beach Productions and may not be used without permission.

May 22, 2012
2:44 am
5 doors off OFW in heart of Venice
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May 31, 2009

Locally Grown said
Imho, what is important about these photos is it offers contrasting perspective to people, many of whom I have personally spoken with, who believe that Venice Beach has always been like it has become over the last decade or two. People who were here during those times loved and showed respect to the OFW… clutter and crusties were not near as prevalent as they have been allowed to become.

Beachhead articles from 1980:…..h80_81.htm

A quote from Sept. 1980

“I am referring to the large number of half-witted, alcoholic (or over-drugged) violently antisocial sociopathics who hang out loaded in the pagodas or on benches, acting loud, profane and violent in an attempt to intimidate passers-by in particular and the whole community in general. This is not only a problem in appearance. Those of you who remember Bingo will recall that the one who, in a fit of stoned psychosis, plunged a knife into her defenseless body seventeen times was one of these. Nor is the problem of actual violence (killings, stabbings, beatings, sexual harassment, rapes, robberies) confined to isolated occurrences in our community. A woman was stabbed on August 17th near Breeze and Speedway in the evening. This problem is menacing us now.”

May 22, 2012
10:55 am
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May 8, 2010

Thanks for the Beachhead link Ravi. The same article, by one Raphael, started with:

“During the past few years many different weeds have been slowly growing, threatening to choke the spirit-life of our green and beautiful Venice-garden-island. … (O)ne very real and dangerous problem has been neglected, the weed allowed to grow unchecked, to the point that, in the eyes of an ever growing number of people from all quarters of our community, it is becoming a serious threat to our peace and freedom.”

And also says:

“If you want safe sane streets around here, you can have them, but your fingers have got to do the walking. … Nothing makes a bully back down faster than stepping on his toes; he has no heart for the fight unless he has overwhelming force on his side. If you fight back (psychologically) you’ll win.

“Remember this simple rule of thumb. Anyone who wants to be here without harming or intimidating others can. That’s what Venice is about. But anyone who is here to make trouble for others, nail ’em! There’s about a hundred of them and twenty thousand of us. Let’s put a stop to this Mickey Mouse terrorism.”  (…..h80_81.htm)

The writer’s point was the recent growth of these “weeds”, that was indeed left “unchecked”. And what he described as “Mickey Mouse terrorism.”, before the word “terrorism” had become ubiquitous, has lost it’s Mickey Mouse quality.

It was and has been a matter of proportion. In 1980, my recollection of the “drum circle” was a small group of black guys hanging out at the old pagodas on the beach side of the Rose parking area, (see Locally Grown’s photo above.) and “weed” was the drug of choice. There were few groupies around. And now? Several hundred people, sometimes more, prolific drugs, frequent fights, and the occasional murder. Which ends up requiring police, both overt and covert, resources.

This may be the best metaphor for what has happened in Venice. What was a small, fun, summer weekend party, had become a non-stop, night and day Rave. Yes, they need to take away the punchbowl from the party.

Many residents who joined in the old party now cower in their homes, or move. What small steps have been taken recently are a good start, but there is much more to do before Venice residents will feel safe and secure in their homes and community, and maybe someday again put out the Welcome mat by the door.

That day will not come without constant pressure on elected officials, by committed residents unwilling to accept the status quo.

Back to the Vintage photos, them’s some fine lookin’ legs!

May 22, 2012
7:41 pm
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May 27, 2010

Do you see the tiny little bike path on the boardwalk? Before they put in that ugly bikebath from hell and made it illegal to use the old one?

Someone needs to post pics from the early 70″s when I was a teen here with all my surfer pals who surfed POP. Those were fun days and we knew everyone here.

May 22, 2012
7:45 pm
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June 20, 2007

gurlfriday said
Someone needs to post pics from the early 70″s when I was a teen here with all my surfer pals who surfed POP. Those were fun days and we knew everyone here.


Click here.

May 23, 2012
9:27 pm
Venice Beach HOJ
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February 18, 2012

I was going to add a pic of the skates we have hanging at our store, but can’t figure out how to add.  Any tips on adding a picture?

May 24, 2012
9:15 pm
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May 22, 2010


Thanks for your post. OMG I am so used to the present I had forgotten how great it was and could be again.

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