Westwood Is Dying: Twitter Account Documents the 'hood's Decline
Westwood's hit a rough patch lately. UCLA students are getting mugged. A college bar engaged in some filthy behavior. Now, the neighborhood boasts a Twitter account dedicated solely to chronicling the closing of restaurants and businesses.
"Westwood is Dying" (@westwoodisdying) has a simple goal: "Documenting the closed and closing storefronts in Westwood Village." Indeed, there hasn't been a shortage of material in the college neighborhood that was once one of the busiest retail areas in the city. Here are some gems mourning the closure of community pillars, like Lids and Acapulco:
These sad tweets only scratch the surface of Westwood's malaise: Best Buy, Jamba Juice, Baja Fresh and numerous independent retailers have all closed up shop. Curbed LA reports, though, that a rebound is on the horizon: a CityTarget just opened and a new hotel is in the works. And then there's this:
Chin up, Westwood. Help is on the way.