Los Angeles is a sprawling and forever-evolving metropolis that has tried on many faces over the years. That's never more apparent than in this short film, which pairs modern footage of the city with archival clips and syncs them, showing off just how much LA has grown and changed.
The New Yorker commissioned Filmmaker Kevin McAlester for the project, and his result is quite commendable for its adherence to the original, right down to the timing and tilt of the frame. The film focuses on Bunker Hill, an area of downtown LA (it's also my favorite b-side by the best band ever). Before the Second Street Tunnel was constructed in 1924, the hill separated downtown and the rest of LA. Eventually, its elevation was reduced, and it was ground zero for a large urban renewal plan put into place in 1959 (but not completed until 2012). Like other aspects of Los Angeles' expansion and renovation of the time, the plan was driven by heavy profiteering.
What's fascinating and perhaps a bit sad is that nothing seems recognizable between the two, save for the Los Angeles Public Library. Can you spot when it appears? Be sure to check out McAlester's site and Twitter for more.