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Lost Santa Monica: the Belmar Triangle, a talk with Frank Gruber
Monday, October 3, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)
Santa Monica, United States
5:15-6:15pm Docents available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the site
Local columnist Frank Gruber speaks about the Belmar Triangle, an African-American neighborhood nestled between Pico Boulevard, Main and Fourth Streets that was destroyed in the 1950s by the City of Santa Monica to build the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Not only did many African-Americans live in the area, on both sides of Pico, but the neighborhood was just a few blocks from the “Inkwell,” the area of the Santa Monica Beach that many African-Americans from around the region frequented and was an important center for Black-owned businesses. Gruber traces the neighborhood's history from the early 20th century to the 1950s.
At that time the City of Santa Monica wanted to improve its tourist facilities by building a new Civic Auditorium, and the Belmar Triangle became a target of "urban renewal." What was home and a vibrant community to those who lived and owned businesses there was categorized as “blighted” by the City, which used eminent domain to condemn black-owned properties, leveled the homes and businesses, and built the Civic Auditorium and its parking lot. Ironically, within a few years the auditorium was considered a white elephant. Gruber talks about its history and future plans for the area.
Frank Gruber, a lawyer by profession, moved to Santa Monica in the '80s and became involved in Santa Monica politics in the '90s. He ultimately served four years on the Planning Commission, from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he started to write a weekly column, called "What I Say," for the Santa Monica Lookout News, a pioneering local news website that had been created two years earlier after the city's century-old newspaper was closed down. Frank's aim in writing the column has been to treat local life and politics in Santa Monica with the same kind of attention typically applied in American journalism to national affairs. He's now been writing the column for almost eleven years. He is the author of the book, Urban Worrier: Making Politics Personal.
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