I was born and raised in Southern California, lived there for over thirty years. Yet I never knew why Venice Beach was named after Venice, Italy. We visit So. California at least once a year since we moved to Wyoming. We frequently go to Venice Beach because it is a fun place to people watch. What we had never done was see the canals that gave Venice it's name. During our visit in January I decided we needed to rectify that. The Venice beach area was the vision of Abbot Kinney a wealthy tobacco mogul. The project was started in 1905. Originally there were 16 miles of canals. Today there is only one and a half miles. If you're interested in the full history check out this link: Venice history.
The above photo shows one of the canals, with walking paths along each side. Unfortunately when we went for our visit it was also the week long, once a year maintenance. They lower the water in the canals and do cleaning and repairs. The boats would normally be floating in water. Pretty much every house has a little dock area and boat.
Even without full canals it was a lovely walk. It was a beautiful day and looking at all the houses was delightful.
This area wasn't always a nice place to live. After around the 1950's the area and the canals fell into neglect and disrepair. In the early 1990's the city of Los Angeles decided to repair and revive the canals. Since then the area has become a desirable area to live and of course the home prices reflect that.
We enjoyed seeing the different types of architecture of the homes. You could tell some were from the era when the canals were first built. Others were newer designs. After walking down paths and over bridges we got a little disoriented and it took us a bit to find our way back to our car. All and all it was an enjoyable experience and gave me the opportunity to learn a little more about my home state.
The following photo is one I found on the internet that shows the annual Christmas boat parade on the canals. I guess the residents really get into the spirit of the season and all the houses are decorated with lights.
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