Heliotrope Drive (35 images)
Heliotrope Drive at Melrose Avenue, the rather obscure minor arts and theater district over by Los Angeles City College, is now dead. Everything is closed and empty. None of it will ever reopen. It’s all gone. But the residue is still cool. The Ukrainian Community Center is still open. So is the Zen Center. Val Kilmer, the guy from Top Gun who was also Jim Morrison in The Doors, now immobilized with cancer, lives in a little arts center here – hiding from the world. Or so they...