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What is, isn't on Abbot Kinney

October 02, 2003

Re the Abbot Kinney article ("Between Yesterday and Today," Sept. 25). Please be aware that the Green House Smoke Shop does not sell bongs -- we sell water pipes. Smoke shops in the city have been shut down due to this misunderstanding.

Bunny Lua

Venice

Lua is the owner of Green House Smoke Shop.

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Your recent article on Abbot Kinney Boulevard describes just one small part of the dual character of Venice these days. However, what ultimately will change Venice forever is the further endangerment of the African American/Latino community and skyrocketing rental prices. Along with predatory real estate practices displacing long-standing community homeowners and businesses, these issues constitute the real contradictions and paradoxes of Venice life.

Douglas Eisenstark

Venice

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Ouch!! It kind of hurts when you realize your new business has been passed over in the new businesses on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Granted we're not located in the 1000-1600 hot spot blocks of Abbot Kinney, but since you saw fit to include the French Market Cafe -- located in the 2300 block -- we found it odd.

Mark Lowe

Venice

Lowe is co-owner of Market Gourmet.

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