There are few places in the city more authentically “L.A.” than Westlake near MacArthur Park. It’s legendary reputation predates the Metro Red Line station at it’s center. For as long as I can remember it’s been a place where the past collides with present day reality. It is not an easy area to photograph and there’s no sugarcoating the dangerous elements that have always existed here. The payoff is the chance to document life in a part of the city that will inevitably change dramatically in the decades to come.