San Bernardino
Intersection 5th & L Street
Rob van der Bijl, May 29, 2007

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One of our LA-spots is the intersection of 5th Street and L Street in San Bernardino. Here we are in the east-section of Greater Los Angeles, an historic environment that today is home of our local liquor store. Continued below…

'Los Angeles Land Use Interpretation' (edited by Rob van der Bijl & Edwin van Uum) is an ongoing exercise in land use interpretation. Our case is Greater Los Angeles. Many arguments support the selection of this case. After all Los Angeles is a quite particular type of city, while it represents the phenomenon of urbanized sprawl. Los Angeles also mirrors the American landscape and its awkward attributes and ways of use.
We will investigate this landscape primarily by means of photography. Our starting point and guide is Rayner Banham (1922-1988) who published in 1971 his landmark study on LA: 'Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies'. We will use the ecologies of Banham as context for our investigation. The four ecologies are: the beaches, the foothills, the plains and the freeways.
Additionally to Banham's ecologies we distinguish four basic forms of use: living, working, playing and being. And thirdly we determine a set of attributes, like roads and other infrastructure, all kinds of built structures, housing, industrial relics, signage, many forms of public realm, amenities, abandoned territory, and more… These attributes and our basic forms of use, together with Banham's ecologies frame the ongoing Los Angeles Land Use Interpretation.

Text and photo compilations are edited by Rob van der Bijl and Edwin van Uum. They will apply some of their own pictures made in Los Angeles, but they want to thank some other LA-photographers for their co-operation too: Jan Doms, Bas Govers, Guus van de Hoef, Chris Jagtman, Jos Jonkhof, Anne Joustra, Wim Lavooij, Jaap Modder, Arjen van Susteren and Arie Voorburg.

San Bernardino, Intersection 5th & L Street
Rob van der Bijl, May 29, 2007

One of our LA-spots is the intersection of 5th Street and L Street in San Bernardino. Here we are in the east-section of Greater Los Angeles. This is home of 'Santa Fe Liquor' (1108 W 5th street San Bernardino CA 92411). It's a historic site too, because 5th street is part of the famous Route 66. But since the opening of Interstate 10 this road is used locally only. Once upon a time 5th street was served by the fabulous 'Red Cars' of the 'Pacific Electric' urban rail system, but that too is long time ago. Now 5th street serves automobiles which pass the LIQUR sign of 'Santa Fe Liquor'.
During our visit on Tuesday 29th May 2007 the clerk of the liquor store warned us not to drink beer and hang around our fancy rental cars for too long, as this kind of behaviour could attract dangerous attention of local criminals or gang members. Yes, this is nowadays San Bernardino where crime is a serious problem, though we felt quite comfortable. A few blocks behind our spot, crime perhaps rules, but meanwhile the intersection of 5th and L street looked quite okay to us. A few years ago the license of the store was suspended 15 days for their clerk selling an alcoholic beverage to a police minor decoy. This 'crime' is conceived as a violation of 'Business and Professions Code section 25658, subdivision (a)'- yes, this is true! At an administrative hearing held on November 4, 2003, documentary evidence was received, and testimony concerning the sale was presented by the decoy boy and by a San Bernardino police officer. The decoy testified that, upon entering the premises, he went to the cooler, got a six-pack of Corona beer, and took it to the counter. He paid for the beer, the clerk put the six-pack in a bag, and the decoy left the store. He later returned to the store with the police officer and identified the clerk, who was then issued a citation. The actual bottles purchased by the decoy were not brought to the hearing. The decoy identified 'exhibit 2' as a photograph of himself 'holding the Corona' and pointing to the clerk as the seller. The police officer testified that he watched the decoy go to the cooler and then go to the counter with a six-pack of Corona. He witnessed the sales transaction and saw the decoy leave the store with the six-pack. He took the six-pack from the decoy and re-entered the store with him. Subsequent to the hearing, the Department issued its decision which determined that the violation charged had been proven, and no defense had been established.

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To be continued...

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