Almost three years ago, the whole Minor Thread operation picked up and made the move from Oakland to Los Angeles. Moving here to L.A., this little corner in my neighborhood was one of my favorite places in town.
It might look a little shabby and run-down, but I knew that it was full of history, and history being created, too. I was in love with the way the “wheatpaste wall” was evolving and changing every time I walked by. So bright, so vibrant, so alive.
Now, things have changed a lot. There’s a new market on that corner, replacing what was left behind when Joel Bloom passed away. The funny taqueria is now a pretty awesome pie shop. And even the old Al’s Bar (the stuff of legends) is a venue hosting yoga and theater productions.
Progress is good. But oh how I wish that revolving art gallery, that ever-changing wheatpaste wall, would come back.