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2150 South Central Avenue, 1940 and 1999.
The three-floor building with addresses beginning with 2150 was the home of many professional offices circa 1940. Display advertisements from the Central Avenue Business Directory of 1940 are synthesized here with the 1999 fabric. The Urban League, a leading civil rights organization, had its offices on the top floor in 1940. Talent agents were busy signing neighborhood actors like Myrtle Anderson (side of building). Real estate agents and physicians served a prosperous, mainly African American middle class. In 1999 "Garcia's Tienda C[entavos] Noventa y Nueve" filled most of the first floor, catering to a primarily working-class Latino clientele.

Credit: Composition Philip J. Ethington © 2000.
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