Los Angeles' homeless' crisis grows uncontrollablyLos Angeles is grappling with a homeless epidemic. "It's the worst human catastrophe in America," says Andy Bales, a pastor who runs the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row.
Think about it again. You live in the country which is also confronted with the so-called opioid crisis. Do you think that Hollywood'ss homelessness crisis is the country's biggest, or a crisis that is related to drug abuse and goes beyond states?And nowhere have the twin forces of inaccessible housing and inequality created a more explosive mix than in Venice Beach, a hotbed of entertainment executives and talent where the median home price is $1.9 million. Many of these residents are now grappling with a quality-of-life issue that defies their own liberal ideals.
I hope that the liberal factor will appear soon enough. Because so far, I can only see the aftermath of uncontrolled capitalism that has since not abolished the use of currencies as a neutral device to trade. Because this was obvious to happen: The more people with a lot of money crowd in an area, the more the prices will rise because they can afford it. And those who can't, drop out, it's simple as that."There is a fever of money in Venice that has nothing to do with its past. Whatever progressive elements were historically here have dwindled, and they're being replaced by tech money."
And that's exactly what I mean. Just because some of the celebrities call themselves progressive, doesn't mean they really are. What they say unequals what they do. Building encampments of tents doesn't solve the problem, but only assembles them. It's a spontaneous idea that temporarily concentrates the problem upon one point. In the end, it cannot be solved until the money has gone, or the celebrities. Thsoe who let the prices surge are the problem that has caused the homelessness crisis. It's not liberalism, it's uncontrolled capitalism.
With swelling transient encampments abutting seven-figure homes, the beachside enclave has emerged as a flashpoint for the inequality shaping Los Angeles — and a real-world test case for the liberal ideology of the area’s showbiz residents.www.hollywoodreporter.com