What a small world!!
Your parents sound very smart.
The area didn’t look so bad on google maps panoramic view, but I wouldn’t want to send anyone to the area now. When I go to LA now it’s to catch a plane at LAX and I always take the pretty shortcut through MDR.
We used to go to the Old Spaghetti House in Venice in the Seventies and I catch myself looking for it or looking for the big brick building it was in. That place was awesome and always busy. I wonder what happened to it?