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