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Last Days of 'Main Street Recovery'

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009, at 09:44AM
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"Main Street Recovery" on the Regent. August 19, 2009.

It was bound to happen sometime.

My temporary mural "Main Street Recovery" will be taken down next week, according to Tom Gilmore. For the last 18 months, the piece has hung over Main Street's Regent Theater.

Designed in 2007, the piece was a way to commemorate Main Street's transition during the year of the City of Los Angeles' 225th anniversary.

Even since its installation, the idea behind 'Main Street Recovery" has held fast: you need active people in the streets to maintain community, just as anyone in recovery needs a support group.

Now, the front of the Regent is experiencing its own recovery. A few years ago, the empty theater and battered marquee made for an imposing relic. Today, the Regent is in good hands as Little Radio moves forward with plans to give the theater a facelift.

"Main Street Recovery" had a good shelf life, and really bookmarked the street during 2008 and more than halfway through 2009. In Gallery Row time, that's eighteen Art Walks.

Main Street Recovery / The Regent Theater (448 S Main St) / Designed by Ed Fuentes

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