Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bird's Eye View

Here's an aerial view of the old part of town, looking east.  There were around 5,000 people here in the 1960s - around 60,000 now.  Back in the day, there were 2 pharmacies, numerous service stations, clothing stores, 2 hardware stores, jewelery stores and bakeries, 5 and Dimes, record shops, surfboard factories and shops, antiques shops - a real downtown.  Now it's been yuppified and is mostly watering holes and eateries catering to out-of-towners looking for a "real" southern California beach town.


it's me said...

My family passed through in 1958 on our great California trek. The oold water really made an impression on us since we were accustomed to the warm Gulf of Mexico.
My younger son lives there now--we are planning a trip to visit him soon.
He fits the yuppie category--but not his mom.

The Weaver of Grass said...

That Pacific looks so blue GW - I have only seen Pacific once and that was from Vancouver Island.