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In 1929 a landslide caused a community of homes to sink into the ocean. What remained was broken sidewalks and cracked roads. All of which have become a canvas for graffiti artists and a place to hang out for the adventurous.
Sunken City is located in San Pedro, California (near Long Beach) and is fenced off with a “No Trespassing” sign. When I realized that you weren’t really allowed to go there, I kind of questioned it a bit. But once you see the pictures, you’ll understand why it was necessary that I went.
Hopefully I won’t get into some sort of legal trouble for this post.
I can see why it’s blocked off though. It looks a bit dangerous and if people aren’t careful they can easily slip and fall over the cliffs.
So, how do you get there? It’s located next to Point Fermin Park so you just park your car over there and the city is to the left. You’ll see a huge fenced off area immediately, but don’t worry there is a way to get inside it that doesn’t look dangerous (which we discovered after we had already gone through the hole that someone created under the fence).
So instead of parking your car and running in excitement towards that fence, what you do is you go around the houses and walk on Shepard St. and then turn right onto South Carolina St. and you’ll see a fence there too. Someone created a dent in it big enough for people to enter.
Make sure that you wear closed toe shoes for this adventure because as you can see there are a lot of ups and downs and things you can climb and slide off of. But once you are there, get ready to enjoy all the beauty. The Pacific Ocean, the random palm trees that still stand tall and the colorful pieces of concrete all around you.
When we were there, one artist was painting in front of us and it was really cool to watch. Check him out on Instagram, he’s got some neat work!
Our favorite spot was by this drawing of a boom box.
It’s kind of extraordinary how something tragic eventually turned into a huge piece of art. If you are ever in Southern California or live there, you have to check this place out. It’s so unique and a fun escape. Plus, I think they are trying to get it to open to the public. So fingers crossed!