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PHOTOS: Idaho resident re-creates Downtown LA in his basement




Larry Kmetz, 70, spent five decades living in Southern California. When he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing Los Angeles.
Larry Kmetz, 70, spent five decades living in Southern California. When he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing Los Angeles.
Larry Kmetz
Larry Kmetz, 70, spent five decades living in Southern California. When he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing Los Angeles.
Kmetz spent 10 years building a model of downtown LA in his basement in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.
Larry Kmetz
Larry Kmetz, 70, spent five decades living in Southern California. When he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing Los Angeles.
The scale model spans 144 square feet.
Larry Kmetz
Larry Kmetz, 70, spent five decades living in Southern California. When he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing Los Angeles.
Kmetz moved to Los Angeles in 1948 from Gary, Ind.
Larry Kmetz
Larry Kmetz, 70, spent five decades living in Southern California. When he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing Los Angeles.
The model is not an exact replica of Los Angeles, and does not represent the city at any one time.
Larry Kmetz
Larry Kmetz, 70, spent five decades living in Southern California. When he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing Los Angeles.
The model includes an electric trolley that stretches across the 18-foot model, toward Pasadena.
Larry Kmetz


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Ten years. That's how long it took one man to recreate his youth.

70-year-old Larry Kmetz spent five decades living in Southern California, so when he and his wife retired to Idaho he found himself missing the streets of downtown LA.

So he turned, of all places, to his basement.We'll talk to him from his home in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho

Click here to see a photo of Kmetz's creation.