Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Window Shopping

LA is primarily a car city, but there are pockets where pedestrians rule the roost. Downtown is one example; the Venice Boardwalk is another. In cities where the pedestrian is king (like every major city in the world), store owners actually DO something with their windows. They make them eye catching to entice would-be customers to enter. Take, for example, this window on Rue Jacob in Paris:

Would you stop to look in?

Sadly, LA makes no attempt to do anything like this. Downtown is one huge missed opportunity as far as store windows are concerned. This is the Rite-Aid at the corner of 7th and Hope:

A poster of people on bikes?! It's a drugstore, not a bike shop!

For the amount of rent being paid, you would think owners would take advantage of the windows to drive more business in. Maybe they just don’t want to have to clean the glass!

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