From a Hollywood Reporter piece documenting the catastrophic effect of legalizing public vagrancy in Los Angeles.
On Venice Boulevard in front of Vice Media’s offices, a chain-link fence was erected to prohibit tents from going up. Residents around Penmar Golf Course have started a GoFundMe page and have hit their goal of raising $80,000 to fill a pedestrian pathway with native plants and landscaping — a project being called the Frederick Avenue Pass-Through but whose real objective is to deter the large encampment that has ballooned there.
“Honestly, I think we are a step and half away from vigilantism,” says a talent manager who has lived in the area for two decades. “I feel like this is heading toward a Guardian Angels type situation that you saw in 1970s New York. Someone is going to go out there with a lead pipe and give someone a serious beatdown. It’s awful to say, but I don’t see what prevents that from happening.”
Vice Media is an obnoxiously proggy setup, but, even more amusingly, it goes in for the Chapo Trap House grit and grime. Its gonzo journalism and yet the building it’s in is going to great pains to keep the grim and grit out.
Read the full story from Front Page Mag