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Hermosa Beach's lost hippie heritage

November 26, 2008 | 11:06 am


Earlier this year, The Times' Scott Gold wrote about the gentrification of the once-wild El Porto section of Manhattan Beach. Now, another quirky section of the South Bay appears to be "going yuppie." Andrea Woodhouse in the Daily Breeze says it started with the dismise of the Either/Or Bookstore and the Bijou theater and continues now:

The yuppies have finally won the battle for Hermosa Beach's soul. Perhaps the last bastion of Hermosa's hippie, beatnik heritage, Greeko's Sandals is waving the tie-dye flag of surrender, and clearing out its water pipes, incense and candles in a blazing fire sale after more than 40 years in business. For years a psychedelic beacon in a swirling storm of change rocking the tiny beach city, the Hermosa Avenue shop can apparently no longer withstand the forces of a gentrifying population, owner Steve Yerkes said. "A guy barefoot in cut-offs could (once) feel right at home walking around here," he said. "That is not the case anymore."

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times