Oh, Westwood: you were hot once, but then a UCLA student was shot and all the action moved east and now you can't even support a Baja Fresh. It's not all bad news out of the neighborhood these days, but there sure is a lot, and to chronicle it all, here is @westwoodisdying (via LAObserved). The Twitter account documents all of Westwood's empty storefronts and dusty lots (and appears to have coined the acronym YAES: yet another empty storefront). Sure, in the last few years the neighborhood's lost a handful of theaters (two Manns and the Crest), the Borders, Jamba Juice, Acapulco, Good Choice Gift, and about a million other places, but things have gotten so pathetic lately that now at least someone is doing something about it.
The local businesses have formed a business improvement district to keep the area pretty and clean, LA's first CityTarget opened last weekend, and UCLA is going to be getting a hotel and conference center. Plus, someone cares enough to tweet--that's something.
· Westwood is Dying [Twitter]
· Can Nicer Sidewalks and Cleaner Buildings Perk Up Westwood Village? [Curbed LA]