February at the Heights
The Bunker Hill neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles began as a wealthy enclave filled with lavish Victorian homes. But in the 1940s, as many of its inhabitants moved away, it declined into a “blighted slum”—with the large houses carved into low-rent apartments. The area became reputed for poverty and crime—a perfect setting for films noir. A nationwide wave of slum clearance and “urban renewal” hit Bunker Hill in the late 1950s, and by 1969, the entire neighborhood had been swept away. Now these films are the only way you can visit.