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Video Shows A Leisurely Drive Through Bunker Hill In The 1940s

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This video of a pleasant drive on a sunny day in 1940s Downtown L.A. and Bunker Hill is proof that the now skyscraper-laden area was once a relatively peaceful neighborhood.

The silent, yet captivating video takes us through a microcosm of early Los Angeles life, travelling past mom-and-pop auto repair shops, proud Victorian homes sandwiched between tall buildings. At some parts of the video, City Hall can be seen looming in the background, a reminder that it once was the tallest building in Los Angeles.