Chapter 7 The Crumbs

Beat poet Philomene Long once said that the remains of the great American feast -- its crumbs -- ended up in Venice, and no place is this more evident that in the polyglot tapestry of the Venice Boardwalk, where it pairs the weird with the sublime, the rich with the poor -- creating a democratizing effect that is hard to find in any other place in America.

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Barbara Peck - Activist
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Dr. John - Homeless
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Mouse - Transient Resident
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Harry Perry - Street Performer
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Swami X - Comedian
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Skip Engblom - Surf and Skate Entrepreneur
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Charles Brittin - Photographer: Pacific Ocean Park
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Guy Okazaki - Surfboard Shaper
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Zephyr Team
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Dennis Agnew Memorial Skate Park


The Crumbs Mural

Beat poet Philomene Long once said that the remains of the great American feast -- its crumbs -- ended up in Venice. And no place is this more evident that in the polyglot tapestry of the Venice Boardwalk. People are drawn to the area because it is the is the greatest leveler, it pairs the weird with the sublime, the rich with the poor, creating a democratizing effect that is hard to find in any other place in America. This live and let live attitude stems from the American West’ ethos of individualism, non-conformism and personal responsibility.