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A Taste of Venice, California

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT VENICE?

  1. Venice is a residential, commercial and recreational beachfront neighborhood in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California. In general its residents, 64.2% of them white, are affluent and highly educated, with a low number of people living in each household. Most Venice residents are renters rather than home owners.

  2. Venice began in 1905 as a seaside resort town and was a separate city until 1926, when it consolidated with Los Angeles. In 1925 oil was discovered, and the wells kept pumping until the 1970s. The community was neglected until the 1950s, when it was known for its slums, but at the same time, artists of the Beat Generation lived in the neighborhood.

  3. Today, Venice is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, fortune-tellers, artists, and vendors.

  4. Los Angeles had neglected Venice so long that, by the 1950s, it had become the "Slum by the Sea." With the exception of new police and fire stations in 1930, the city spent little on improvements after annexation. The city did not pave Trolleyway (Pacific Avenue) until 1954 when county and state funds became available. Low rents for run-down bungalows attracted predominantly European immigrants (including a substantial number of Holocaust survivors) and young counterculture artists, poets, and writers. The Beat Generation hung out at the Gas House on Ocean Front Walk and at Venice West Cafe on Dudley. Police raids were frequent during that era.

  5. Venice Beach includes the promenade that runs parallel to the beach ("Ocean Front Walk" or just "the boardwalk"), Muscle Beach, the handball courts, the paddle tennis courts, Skate Dancing plaza, the numerous beach volleyball courts, the bike trail and the businesses on Ocean Front Walk. The basketball courts in Venice are renowned across the country for their high level of streetball; numerous NBA players developed their games or are recruited on these courts.

  6. The Oakwood portion of Venice, also known as Ghost Town and the "Oakwood Pentagon," lies inland from the tourist areas and is one of the few historically African American areas in West Los Angeles; however, Latinos now constitute the overwhelming majority of the residents. During the age of restrictive covenants that enforced racial segregation, Oakwood was set aside as a settlement area for blacks, who came by the hundreds to Venice to work in the oil fields during the 1930s and 1940's. After the construction of the San Diego Freeway, which passed through predominantly Mexican American and immigrant communities, those groups moved further west and into Oakwood where black residents were already established. Whites moved into Oakwood during the 1980s and 1990's and Latinos moved out.

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Demographics of Venice, California

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

64.2%

21.7%

0.4%

5.4%

38.4%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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MIRACLE ON ROSE AVENUE
Café Gratitude Affiliated Victory Gardens and Source Spiritual Center Collaborate to activate Community Garden in the heart of Venice


- Artist-in-Residence, Daniele Watts (DJANGO UNCHAINED, WEEDS) & Finian Makepeace (MAKEPEACE BROTHERS) THE SOURCE SPIRITUAL CENTER

Victory “LOVE” Garden
305 Rose Avenue, Venice Beach, CA 90291 -


LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2013) – Almost as soon as it started (Just one week after their grand opening party), the Café Gratitude affiliated, M. Winter Design sponsored Venice Victory Garden has been shut down due to building code inspections. But as the old saying goes, when one door closes, another opens.




Victory Garden coordinators Finian Makepeace (of the MakePeace Brothers) and Ryland Engelhart, founder of Café Gratitude, the super successful vegan chain, have donated raised beds, composted soil, alfalfa nitrogen supplements, and sprouts to jump start the community garden located just blocks away at the newly opened Source Spiritual Center on the corner of Rose and Hampton - an area that is quickly becoming a destination point for gourmet restaurants yoga studios, and a trendy eclectic mix of boutiques and nightlife. Formerly the Hare Krishna Rose Temple, the Source Center now features cultural and spiritual events, including a Sunday 11:11 am service, evening mediation and dance, and a vegan café most notably featuring recipes by Chef Be*Live, one of the pioneers of the Gourmet Raw Vegan movement. The new landmark location for the victory gardens, hosted by M. Winter Design, has moved to the corner of Washington Blvd and Inglewood in Culver City.

Daniele Watts, best known for her recurring role on the final season of Showtime’s hit show Weeds, and a memorable cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar winning Django Unchained, came on as a “resident artist” and to sponsor the garden after participating in one of the weekly Wednesday night meditation services led by the Source center’s directors Prasad Paul Duffy and Annelise Balfour. Watts says she resonates with the mission statement of the holistic community hub, which is dedicated to empowering individuals and raising the consciousness of humanity.

“It’s the reason I became an actor, to empower myself and others to realize that we have the freedom to choose how we want to live our lives. Source is a space where I feel nurtured to grow into deeper respect for each moment, and feel deeply encouraged by the community that is forming to create more love filled moments for all involved. The garden became a beautiful metaphor the ‘cooperation instead of competition’ model (that the collaboration of Victory Gardens and Source Center exemplify), and how beautiful and fun it can be to enjoy dreams growing from seeds… creating the reality that we experience.”

In fact, the Source just happened to be hosting a Whole Green Living Fair the very day the Victory garden was looking for a new home. Through a sequence of events that some would call synchronicity, Watts and the directors of Source were seeking the exact supplies that the Victory gardens were looking to donate. The magic had been brewing since the summer solstice when Aaron Gautschi joined with Source to coordinate a new approach to revitalizing the infertile plot of soil that was previously the garden. The approach, the Back to Eden gardening method developed by his father Paul Gautschi, is revolutionizing the way people look at soil fertility all over the world. The method works with nature’s natural decomposition in a no-till gardening technique to transform garbage, wood chips and mulch into nutrient rich soil, easily attained by Source through the City of Los Angeles Free Mulch Giveaway program.

Source Victory “LOVE” Garden is evolving organically as a part of Source’s larger vision that started with a holistic approach to wellness - focusing on unification of body mind and spirit, and activation through organic plant based cooked and live foods. The garden will supply vegetables and herbs to be featured at the The Source Café which offers a holistic boutique and a communal healing space for community members to exchange massage and other holistic treatments on a donation basis. The center is also a performance space hosting theatre, comedy, and world music events such as the recent performance by Avasa and Matty Love, backed by Sarah and Ryland Englehart of Café Gratitude.

The Source Center is currently accepting gifts of plants, tools, and volunteers, and will soon be offering gardening and art educational opportunities for local children of all ages. To connect to the Source Victory “LOVE” Garden, please contact sourcespirtualcenter@gmail.com with “LOVE GARDEN” in the subject line.

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Businesses in Venice, California


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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Sit Still Color Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   Specialized In:African-American Hair - 255 Main St, Venice, CA 90291 (310) 314-2665  - (reviews)

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Willie Jane -  Category: Soul Food, Southern -     1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 (310) 392-2425   - (reviews)

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WILLIE WYATT - Old Timer

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A street performer along the beachside boardwalk in Venice, Los Angeles, California, July 21, 2009 (photo:Jelson25)

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CHURCHES



  1. Bethel Church of God In Christ -   1209 6th Ave Venice, CA 90291 (310) 452-1938

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