GRAPHIC: Separated from LA's notorious traffic is a tranquil spot by the beach.
Venice Canal Historic District, Los Angeles - 27 October 2019
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristian Wilson, Venice Canal resident:
"I hear the same conversation everyday, it's; 'I've never been here before and I've lived in LA all my life."
3. Various Venice Canal area, people on walkway near canal
GRAPHIC: For many, the Venice Canal Historic District is a quiet haven in the city.
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristian Wilson, Venice Canal resident:
"I don't think everyone's keeping it a secret, I think people just miss it, it's kind of hidden in plain sight."
5. Close view of bird flying off boat in canal
6 . SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Stargel, visitor from Tennessee:
"You're in a safe environment you can just meander and explore, and you're not fighting traffic and there's no bikes or scooters allowed, so it's just people and a place so it's quite nice to explore. "
7. Various of Venice Canals, homes near canals, people on walkways and bridges near canals
GRAPHIC: The man-made canals date back to 1905.
GRAPHIC: By the 1940's, the canals that remained from the original project had fallen into disrepair.
GRAPHIC: The canals were renovated in the early 1990's and are now lined with homes.
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Parker Simon, Los Angeles resident:
"It's one of the places where it's really nice for actually being able to be a pedestrian away from the cars, and have an intimate area that's still outside."
In a city that is often jammed with traffic, crowds and chaos, the little known Venice Canal Historic District along the beach west of downtown Los Angeles has become a secret haven for some seeking solitude and tranquility while drawing tourists and residents looking for a car-free haven.
"I live in the neighborhood. It's one of the places where it's really nice for actually being able to be a pedestrian away from the cars, and have an intimate area that's still outside," resident Parker Simon says.
The man-made canals date back to 1905. Some of the canals were filled in for roads in 1929 and the remaining canals fell into disrepair by the 1940's. The canals were renovated in the early 1990's, with homes now lining the slender waterways.