Photo: "We came here to live, not to leave," says Ruth Frank. Residents of Vintage Westwood Horizons (L-R) Florence "Flossy" Liebman, Alma Balter and Ruth Frank are facing eviction from their retirement home's new owner, Watermark. (Avishay Artsy)
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Many renters in LA fear eviction, as landlords increasingly use the Ellis Act to turn affordable apartments into more profitable homes.
But did Watermark Retirement Communities go too far, when they posted eviction notices on the doors of almost 200 seniors, many in their 90s, in an independent living facility in Westwood Village? Their goal: to get the prime property out from under rent control and turn it into a luxury assisted living facility.
Residents and their boomer children are not going without a fight, and have enlisted support from local politicians and media. Does Watermark care?
DnA talks to residents, their children and public interest lawyers about a story that has put a human face on the housing crisis in LA.
There's a housing crisis in San Francisco, which is experiencing "hyper-gentrification." Was it caused by the Internet, and the army of workers in overvalued start-ups that have displaced thousands of regular businesses and bohemian residents?
Yes, according to Jarett Kobek, now living in LA after a stint in San Francisco, and author of I Hate the Internet, self-published earlier this year and a hit at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair.
I Hate the Internet is a novel, primarily about two women whose lives are upended by too much sharing. Along the way it fires potshots at a wide range of targets, including the white male patriarchy, Google Buses, millennial posturing, exploitation of comic book writers, and exploitation of all of us who generate ad sales for Silicon Valley titans by posting pictures and thoughts online.
DnA talks with Kobek about the Internet's role in dismantling community, creating a president and the shock of finding an audience hungry for his assault on the most game-changing invention of our time.
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