Sunset Junction, Los Angeles

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Sunset Junction is an area in the Silver Lake area, along Sunset Boulevard, where Santa Monica Boulevard curves up to meet. The area was originally a major intersection for the extensive Los Angeles interurban system before being terminated in 1954.

The district, long a center of alternative culture, first with a large gay population from the late 1960s to today’s center of hipster activity contains numerous cafes restaurants and trendy shops to explore.sunsetjunction2 (1 of 1)sunsetjunction5 (1 of 1)

The area has also had an extensive Latino presence for many decades, but as is often the case, the area’s once reasonable rents have leaped up as gentrification makes a swing through the area and many of the old time Latino families have been pushed out as others move in.

Today, as always, there is aura of change as the corridor becomes increasingly gentrified and expensive. As the yuppie show slowly replaces hipster shown, the neighborhood is one in slow transition.

A few stops not to be missed are Circus of Books, Millie’s Cafe and The Spice Station, although this is not a comprehensive list by any means-get out and explore!

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