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The Last Elevator Operator in Los Angeles

A short film pays tribute to 75-year-old Ruben Pardo, who drives the elevator up and down a Wilshire Boulevard building six days a week.
Ruben on the job at 5514 Wilshire Boulevard.
Ruben on the job at 5514 Wilshire Boulevard.Ruben's Elevator/Dress Code

On The Job is a series of conversations with the people who keep neighborhoods running.

The Art Deco building at 5514 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles towers 11 stories above the street. Once a department store, it now houses cutting-edge creative companies: an art gallery, a handful of web branding agencies, e-commerce retail operations.