The evolution of Olvera Street

This week’s post comes by way of a downtown photo adventure. Armed with historic photos of the area in and around Los Angeles’ historic core, I set out to recreate several of them amid the city’s bustling modernity. As it turns out, in many places, vestiges of history have manages to shine through.

Follow the jump to see my slideshow and hear music from a few native Angelenos.

Historic photos: University of Southern California Digital Library; movie stills from the 1921 film “The Kid,” starring Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan.

Modern photos: Massiel Bobadilla

Music: “El Pescado Nadador” by Los Lobos

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