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Times Past: Selling downtown L.A.

October 25, 2010 |  6:30 am

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Snapshots from the Los Angeles Times archives: West magazine, June 8, 1969

Of course this couple is deliriously happy: In 1969, rents at Bunker Hill Towers started at $215 for a one-bedroom. (Now they start at more than $1,250.) The headline at the top of the ad read: "They've only been married two years. And she never dreamed it would be like this."

Um, perhaps that's because it wasn’t like this. More than three decades would have to pass before the arrival of strolling couples celebrating a truly revitalized downtown. Even now, wise residents keep only one eye on the view and the other on the ground –- the better to dodge what downtown's new dog population has left behind.

-- Joan Fantazia

Photo credit: Joan Fantazia

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