Friday, January 1, 2010

Theme Day: Changes

UNWELCOME CHANGES to the former McGowan's Market property.


20th & WALKER

Neighbors still miss the market that stood for over 60 years on the corner of 20th and Walker. It was purchased in the summer of 2007, remodeled, then closed that December due to lack of business. The market was demolished and the developer planned to build up to 18 condominiums on the site.

Neighbors united to prevent the developer from building condos in this quaint San Pedro community. Councilwoman Janice Hahn proposed a "Q" classification which would limit residential development to one every 5000 sq. ft.; meaning only 3 homes could be built on this site. In April 2008 Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to restrict the property to single-family homes.

January 1, 2010 - the property is for sale, and the Neighbors Unite signs still remain on lawns and poles surrounding the property.

Regarding CHANGE - no one wanted to see the market go, but we can live with a change to 3 single-family homes rather than 18 condos. Looking forward to meeting our new neighbors one day. I hope they will be as passionate about the neighborhood as the current residents.


  1. such changes are full of strife when construction occurs in single family neighborhoods. Happy New Year and I wish you many good photos in 2010!

  2. Wow. What a GREAT post for the new year! I was so sad when that market closed (I liked the old somewhat run-down one too). They had Croatian goodies esp. the huge milk chocolate with rice puffs from Croatia with a red wrapping (Miyako).
    I didn't know about the re-zoning. I am so glad the neighborhood won. My friend L.'s close older lady friend Rachel lives nearby.

  3. me again...Lori Lynn, I wish you a very Happy New Year!

  4. Such a melancholy image. The vacant lot makes me sad.


So nice to hear from you!

Warm regards,
Lori Lynn