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Homeless activists are protesting a new plan to build homes in the area of downtown Los Angeles known as “Skid Row” because they claim it would amount to “gentrification.”
There are 4,000 homeless people living on Skid Row, some 2,700 outdoors, the Los Angeles Times noted Tuesday. The crime-ridden area is also an eyesore downtown — as well as a health hazard, with L.A. reeling from an outbreak of typhus. The city has nearly 60,000 homeless overall.
The Times reported:
The coalition, which also includes Los Angeles Catholic Worker, Inner City Law Center and the health group United Coalition East, is protesting a city plan that would rezone parts of skid row, plus the adjoining downtown fashion and arts districts, from warehouse and industrial uses to residential.
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The plan, which must clear several hurdles before going before the L.A.City Council for approval next year, would limit development in the heart of the 50-block area, which is now lined with tent cities, to housing that’s affordable for people who earn $10,000 to $58,000 a year. But the newly permitted housing in the outer rings of skid row could be market-rate. Under a new “community benefits program,” developers would be...
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