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April 19, 2008 |  7:05 am

April 19, 1908


Above, new apartments on Olympic near Albany within walking distance of the "business district." Surprisingly enough, this building is still standing. The structure lost the details of its roof line, presumably in one of the earthquakes over the last century, in a process I call "seismic Darwinism." The distance to  The Times is 2.1 miles, according to Google Maps, which may (or may not) be your definition of "walking distance." Here's the street view:

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