What I love about Los Angeles is that it's never too clean. I know there are those who prefer everything to be neat and tidy, but sometimes it's the unexpected contrasts that make a city more interesting.
Los Angeles's Fire Station 9 is in a gritty neighborhood, Skid Row, home to a high concentration of homeless. It is dingy. The streets are filled with shopping carts, tents, bicycles, a strange living room set outside. But strangely, right across Fire Station 9, one of the country's busiest fire stations, is Los Angeles Flower Mart. Its warehouses were brimming with blooms, each bringing color and life to a gritty neighborhood.
How strange to find one right beside the other.
Photos by: Carren Jao.