About Departures

DEPARTURES is an online documentary series mapping LA neighborhoods through interactive portraits.

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American neighborhoods are changing, growing and re-defining themselves. Nowhere is this more evident than in Venice, California, where one of Los Angeles’ most sophisticated and affluent creative enclaves sits side-by-side with a traditional working class community. This contrast has become even more stark recently, as residents build sustainable architectural homes in densely populated areas of Oakwood, which was once segregated by a covenant and was home to the Venice 13.

Despite all these contradictions, Venice remains a magical spot not only to the tourists that flock to its beaches year after year, but also to those—rich or poor—that call Venice their home.

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