A few months ago Will Campbell posted about some of the decorations created by residents of the LA River – that is homeless folks who have taken over islands or riverside alcoves and made them their homes. To the casual observer they seem harmless and is anything like to just be left alone. Well the might be getting evicted. Reader Pieter Kaufman writes in and says:
“Hey guys, since I commute four days a week by bike on the bike path up and down the LA River, and I know this site cares about bikes, the river, the homeless, art, and other related stuff, I figured I’d let you know that the LAPD posted signs up and down the river between Figueroa and Los Feliz, ordering all “lodgers” to vacate and remove all their belongings by today, or face arrest for trespassing. If you haven’t noticed it, there’s a fascinating micro-culture down in the river, with all kinds of odd, quirky artifacts erected I suspect as much for its residents’ pleasure as for passers-by. I don’t know the full story–how many live there by choice, and how many use the islands as a last resort, and I don’t know if the LAPD is cracking down out of fear for their safety before the rains and the river swells and how much of it is just them being fed up, but personally, I’ve not noticed any real signs of trouble and crime, and if the people who live there are okay with it, I’m not sure why they’re being driven out. “
No images of these signs yet, but we’ll be following up on this for sure.
One note – the river is County property so more likely it was the LASD than the LAPD, but we’ll confirm in a bit. Lots of Updates in the comments. Thanks!