The Los Angeles Times is the latest publication to weigh in on the gentrification of York Boulevard.
The piece--"York Boulevard, Highland Park: A hub of hip, really"--insists that despite the the looming presence of "auto-garages and marijuana dispensaries," York Boulevard has become a haven for the culturally avant garde.
The piece notes that The York and have served as anchors for a revitalization effort spurred by artists, restaurateurs, vintage clothing merchants and designers.
Anyone who heard reports of Highland Park's revitalization a few years ago and headed to York Boulevard likely would have noted all the auto-body garages and the marijuana dispensaries operating with varying degrees of legality and asked, "Really?"
At long last, even a skeptic would concede: Really.
This isn't the first time a Times newspaper has recognized the development along York.
In 2009, a now-infamous New York Times article tracking the emerging gallery scene on York Boulevard proclaimed that "few would ever confuse Highland Park for a cultural district."
That's the same Highland Park that served as a hub for the both the Chicano Arts and arts and crafts movements.
Honestly, though, there a few things more petulant than a local editor/blogger groussing about how major publications "just don't get it, man."
We think the Los Angeles Times piece does a good job of documenting the new developments along York and pointing out that what's really happening in the gallery scene has more to do with design than art, right now.
What do you think?
Also, does this mean Highland Park is over?