Strolling through East L.A. is one of my favorite afternoon diversions. A quick ride on the Gold Line can deliver you to the heart of this community, where the street itself is like an open-air gallery best enjoyed by walking. What makes this neighborhood so special? The variety of independent businesses. Take Beauty Salon here, which I found on Cesar Chavez, across from Evergreen Cemetery. There is so much to love about this single storefront: The colorful cockeyed bricks and giant white boulders. The freehand-painted barber pole. How the shadows of the decorative ironwork fall in layers. And that pink. Oh, that pink! This building has more personality than some entire neighborhoods. If I could collect buildings like art, I’d have plenty of the usual L.A. suspects, but this new discovery would be at the top of my curated list.
Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.