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Photo sliders: Revisiting flashpoints from L.A. riots, 1992 and 2012

April 24, 2012 | 11:32 am

Click to see all the before-and-after photos

The Los Angeles riots were marked by many indelible images of violence, looting and unrest. Many of those images appeared on the front pages of The Times and other newspapers around the world in 1992.

How do those places look now?

Times photographer Kirk McKoy ventured around Los Angeles to find out. He produced a gallery of striking "slider" photos that allow readers to compare a location during the heart of the unrest to how those same places look today.

In one photo from 1992, a shopping mall goes up in flames at La Brea Avenue and Pico Boulevard. Someone spray-painted "Look What You Created" on the wall. Now, McKoy found an attractive mini-mart on the site.

Another photo, which appeared on the front page of The Times, shows Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies keeping watch -- near a wall spray-painted with obscenities -- over a group of people arrested after a store was looted. Today, McKoy found a tidy parking lot.

Look at the rest of the slider images here and share your impressions.


Timeline: How it started

Photos: From the archives

Graphic: Where are key figures now?

Full coverage

-- Shelby Grad

Photos: Before: A looter wheels a shopping cart full of diapers past a burning market during the riots on April 30, 1992. After: The same spot on April 16, 2012. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times. Below: Times front page in 1992; slider of same location below.