Snapchat Leaving Venice

I’d heard rumors, but that’s it.

Well, it turns out the rumors are true.

The tech company, founded in Venice in 2011, is vacating a large chunk of its Venice network of office space for a location in a corporate office park in Santa Monica.

This may actually serve as one final “fuck you” to the Peoples Republic of Venice, as the move will undoubtedly create a vast surplus of vacant office space. Five years’ of rising rents has taken its toll on the neighborhood’s character. That increased cost of doing business has forced out dozens of local businesses (not to mention my local beer garden). Okay, so I have an axe to grind.

The company is planning to move to an office complex adjacent to Santa Monica Airport. I wonder if the corporate leadership will benefit from the accessibility of private air travel?

Who knows? Oh, well. Maybe now I can finally start using the app. I hear it’s kind of fun.

via Snapchat Is Pulling Out of Venice, and Gentrification Activists Are Overjoyed ~ L.A. TACO

Homework: Get Hit By A Range Rover

Today, I got hit by a Range Rover. With New York plates.

It happened around noon. At Sixth and Santa Clara.

I’d just about rode my bike down to the stop sign when homie came up close at the limit line. I’d been in a track stand when his bumper kissed my left thigh. About eight people saw it.

I didn’t fall, and – thanks me to God – I stayed vertical. But I’ve got the Range Rover logo burned in to the lint on my left thigh.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost…


Painted columns along a sidewalk, Venice, Calif., ca. 1973

Painted columns along a sidewalk, Venice, Calif., ca. 1973
Painted columns along a sidewalk, Venice, Calif., ca. 1973

Searching the USC digital archives for photos of Venice, I found this in the collection called “Robin Dunitz Slides of Los Angeles Murals, 1925-2002.”

It’s a great view from in front of what’s now Menotti’s Cafe on Windward. Based on the striped column, it looks like there was once a barber shop there.

What’s now Collage Cafe once had a sign labelled “Flea Market.” I remember when Bank of Venice was a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. It’s hard to believe that back then it was a health food store.

Source: Painted columns along a sidewalk, Venice, Calif., ca. 1973 :: Robin Dunitz Slides of Los Angeles Murals, 1925-2002