The University Belt has always seemed to me as an exciting (if not detestable) place... you know lotsa schools and students, malls, pink houses, and cool curio shops that you could once find in the nether regions of the old Virra Mall or the old Farmer's Plaza but are still around in this area.
But one thing that comes hand in hand are the occasional marches and demonstrations held here. Hence the barb wire barricades that are a fixture along Mendiola Bridge.
Interesting view from behind the barb wire -- a TV network OB Van. Get yer news hot off the street!