Chapter 8 Sunshine

From the early days of Abbot Kinney's Venice of America, to the grand opening of the millennial Skate Park, the beach in Venice has come to represent one of L.A.'s most generous and eccentric public spaces. Like the boardwalk, the beach makes room for all, and seldom discriminates.

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Bathers - Slideshow
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Arthur Verge - Lifeguard and Professor
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Joe Wheatley - Muscle Beach
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Venice Recreation Center
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Venice Pavilion
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Tim Rudnick - Marine Biologist
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Dance Marathon - Slideshow
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Ruth Galanter - Former City Councilwoman

Sunshine Mural

From the early days of Abbot Kinney's Venice of America, to the grand opening of the millennial Skate Park, the beach in Venice has come to represent one of L.A.'s most generous and eccentric public spaces. Like the boardwalk, the beach makes room for all, and seldom discriminates. Although some commercial forces are trying to homogenize and privatize the public experience, beach goers that frequent the recreation center, muscle beach, tides, piers, and sands will not let go, because Venice beach is all encompassing.