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Downey: A new kind of suburban idyll




Miguel Cruz, Vanessa Mota, Steve Vasquez and Debbie Barajas wait at the corner of Firestone Blvd and Downey Ave on November 9th, 2013.
Miguel Cruz, Vanessa Mota, Steve Vasquez and Debbie Barajas wait at the corner of Firestone Blvd and Downey Ave on November 9th, 2013.
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Miguel Cruz, Vanessa Mota, Steve Vasquez and Debbie Barajas wait at the corner of Firestone Blvd and Downey Ave on November 9th, 2013.
Chefs at The Downey Brewing Company prepare food on November 9th, 2013.
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Miguel Cruz, Vanessa Mota, Steve Vasquez and Debbie Barajas wait at the corner of Firestone Blvd and Downey Ave on November 9th, 2013.
Two customers eat at Porto's Bakery & Cafe on November 9th, 2013.
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Miguel Cruz, Vanessa Mota, Steve Vasquez and Debbie Barajas wait at the corner of Firestone Blvd and Downey Ave on November 9th, 2013.
Jessica Haro and Eric Ibarra sit at a fountain on the corner of Firestone Blvd and Downey Ave on November 9th, 2013.
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Miguel Cruz, Vanessa Mota, Steve Vasquez and Debbie Barajas wait at the corner of Firestone Blvd and Downey Ave on November 9th, 2013.
A robot sculpture by Cristian Castro, who works as a designer at Ebus, an electric bus manufacturer in Downey, Calif., on display at Stay Gallery.
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