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Venice of America

On The Street…Venice Beach, CA

Venice beach was developed by Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a west coast rival to Coney Island. After Kinney’s death in 1920, Venice lost its major booster and Venice was annexed into Los Angeles five years later.  Los Angeles was unwilling to maintain Kinney’s amusement park vision and Venice’s fortunes fluctuated. In the 1970s, the city built the beach boardwalk which has become the second  most popular tourist destination in southern California after Disneyland.

On a happy note: The Venice Historical Society in founding the Ray Bradbury Adopt-a-Colonnade Restoration Project (named after the author and longtime Venice supporter Ray Bradbury),  is working to preserve and protect the wonderful columns of Venice. Venice Beach, CA, USA, Corinthian 1905