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Dueling paint-outs* (revised)

A few weeks ago, there were two murals on one building, which stands at the southeast corner of Duane and Echo Park Avenue. On EP Ave, there was a big pink dinosaur, with a glint in its eye and huge teeth, friendly, with a bit of attitude. This painting was new. It appeared toward the end of March of this year. Around the corner, on Duane St., was a historic bit of business. How many years, I am not sure. This mural was a great equalizer. The "Worker's Mural" on the side of the building at Duane and Echo Park Avenue seemed to please everyone. It was there for years. The taggers left it alone, reportedly, because they liked it. Hipsters and artists liked it, and they left it alone, too. It seemed permanent, a relic from the time before the neighborhood had gentrified so widely. Less than about eight feet in height, it graced the side of the building said to be owned by photographer Gary Leonard. The building houses artists' studios; in the past, a carpentry workshop, and other studios.

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