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New life for Long Beach beyond the waterfront

Published Sunday July 31

Decompressing from a long, warm drive, I took a walk along Ocean Blvd. to work out the physical kinks and mental cobwebs. Along the promenade, at least a dozen columns of water danced in a fountain in front of the Performing Arts Center .

Double-decker foliage — sky-scraping palm trees with an understory of shade trees — lined median and sidewalks, and the sinking Sunday ignited sleek office and hotel tower windows, some whose copper-colored glass turned the last rays of sunlight into glowing embers.

This wasn’t the Long Beach I remembered.

Carnival Cruise Lines, the Aquarium of the Pacific and gondola rides through the canals of the man-made Naples Island.

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