This certainly ranks as one of the more unusual and jarring LA Times juxtapositions.
The same weekend (January 19-20) that Community News editor Dan Evans was viciously robbed in LA’s downtown arts district, his newspaper colleague Roger Vincent had an article in the Sunday edition about the transitioning nature of that very same neighborhood. Here’s how architect Scott Johnson, who previously lived in New York’s similarly made-over meatpacking district during the 1970s, framed the arts district:
“There are very rough patches,” said Johnson, who lives in a condominium on Industrial Street. “It’s muscular. It’s complicated. It’s interesting…” He calls it [the roughness] “authenticity” in a time when “we’re getting bombarded with fake stuff.”
Evans wrote frankly and openly over the weekend about the details of the violent incident and how the altercation has shaken his world. In a neighborhood that he and wife Donna, a Patch local editor, only just recently moved to.