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Readers rap about jazz joint

October 17, 2008

Last week, Out There focused on the Dunbar Hotel, a troubled and financially strapped building on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles. The hotel was once the epicenter of Los Angeles' African American community, and of the development of West Coast jazz. The city is preparing to foreclose on the property, and some backers hope to turn it into apartments for jazz pioneers who are now seniors and, in many cases, impoverished. Here's a sample of reader responses posted online at

"Not everyone cares about history. Tear down all old ratty buildings and don't waste our money on memories."

-- Bob

"There are many parts of history in this city that have fallen by the wayside. One note, one common beat, one communal passion can break barriers and change the status quo. All you have to do is get off the wall and be willing to dance."

-- Eric F.

"The Dunbar reminds me of being in love with your high school sweetheart, only to have that sweetheart marry someone else. You'll always cherish the memories, but it is time to move on."

-- S.C.

"Hopefully the Dunbar Hotel can be saved and get the recognition it deserves."

-- Anonymous

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