The Smell Faces Demolition

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A demolition notice has been posted on the door to the all-ages Los Angeles venue, the LAist reports, stating that since the plans follow all city codes and procedures, “public comment will have no impact on this project.” The notice arrived courtesy of L&R Group Of Companies, apparently one of the country’s greatest owners of parking property.

It’s hard to imagine local music growing without spaces like The Smell or Brooklyn’s Death by Audio, which closed after VICE Media took over its building in 2014. All booking at The Smell is temporarily suspended as owner Jim Smith determines what he can do to “fight or delay” the situation.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →