Gentrification Comes to LA’s Skid Row, and the Homeless Get the Shaft
One of the worst things about being rich is sometimes you’re forced to interact with the poor. When not in a sitting in orthopedic chairs in skyscrapers or on Italian leather sofas in luxury condos, the wealthy are often forced to walk on their own two legs—at street level—as if they were proletarian slobs. And this is upsetting, for on a sidewalk, anyone, even the hideously unprivileged, can look you in the eye.
Developer Geoffrey H. Palmer thinks this is wrong. In 2009, the real estate mogul sued the city of Los Angeles and successfully overturned its requirement that he provide some affordable housing in his massive faux-Italian apartment complexes. But while that kept poor people out, it didn’t do anything to address the problem of the poor people Palmer’s wealthy future tenants would have to deal with in the still-gentrifying downtown area.
So when Palmer started construction on two new buildings, complete with a pool and indoor basketball court, he proposed a pedestrian bridge connecting them to minimize “potential incidents that could occur during the evening hours, when the homeless population is more active in the surrounding area.” In other words, the rich will be able to literally walk over the less fortunate.
What’s happening in downtown is disgusting. It’s not even just downtown. It’s happening all over LA. Highland Park is next. It’s already started.
I never learned to tumblr
I’ve now spent hours on First We Feast day dreaming the kind of food I’d like in my bar. Food is dangerous.
For those that missed the new track ‘Eagle Eyes’ from Chris Farren yesterday (via NOISEY), here you go! This track is taken from Chris’ upcoming Ducks Fly Together split with Grey Gordon, out June 17th Digitally and on Cassette. Pre-order it here.
This song rules so hard
2014 is already flying by. I can’t even begin to comprehend how and why time is moving so quickly for me. I always promise myself every year that I’m going to use tumblr in a more productive and postive way, yet I always end up using it for procrastination.
This is the beginning of another attempt to use tumblr in the way I wish to. So wish me luck!