Podcast Preview: When Children and Dogs Replaced Pigeons and Tumbleweeds at the Corner of Traction & Hewitt

In this exclusive clip, curator Terry Ellsworth talks about how this once artistic community went from inspirational to commercial in a few short decades

You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is a weekly podcast series produced by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave in which the Esotouric founders talk with L.A. personalities about the city’s myths, contradictions, and inspirations.

This week,  Richard and Kim discuss the challenge of opening a business in the Art District with Carolyn Paxton, proprietor of Urban Radish, a new gourmet market. Though Paxton feels that Los Angeles County is the hardest place in the country to open a new business, she draws inspiration from her childhood, when she witnessed her German grandparents run a successful butcher shop in New York.

In this exclusive clip, the pair sifts through the history of the corner of Traction & Hewitt as told by curator Terry Ellsworth, who insists that only three decades ago, this location was a “free flowing” art community with studios open to the public. The area changed slowly, he says, but residents noticed one-time perks like free parking spaces being replaced by parking meters, pigeons being replaced by designer dogs, and the tumble weeds that used to roll through the uncrowded streets beingg replaced by “beautifully scrubbed children.”

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Richard and Kim share highlights from the You Can’t Eat the Sunshine podcast every week at CityThink.