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Tired Ol' Beach Hotel

Long Beach
September 10, 2005

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The signs all around us speak of a tired old hotel on the ropes: no parties in the rooms, the ground may not be level, watch your kids, don't walk through the glass doors. But the dream is still clear, too: a 1950s, Miami-Beach-style motel, with blue pool amidst green lawns and swaying palm trees, surrounded by pink contemporary buildings. Like the era in which it thrived, the dream seems to be softly fading away.