Melrose, Los Angeles.
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The one-mile long stretch of Melrose Avenue between Fairfax and La Brea spent three decades as the center of the underground and alternative scene in Los Angeles.

Although the area has lost a bit of its edge in recent years, it still maintains much of its funky, offbeat nature, marked by the graffiti that covers the walls and storefronts throughout the neighborhood.

By day, the avenue bustles with nonstop activity as residents make the rounds of the vintage stores, avant-garde shops, medical marijuana purveyors, and tattoo parlors. And because Melrose is one of the city’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, shoppers, counter-culture types, and high school students flock in to hit the pavement in search of street wear, vintage clothing, outlandish club gear, cheap food, and smoking paraphernalia.

By night, the outlandish parade of people is replaced by a crowd of young professionals and area residents who venture out to the varying bars and restaurants, comedy spots, and gritty dives, which surprisingly makes Melrose a less edgy neighborhood by night than by day.

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