Wednesday, March 11, 2009

ill gotten fame

Dudes, front page of the new york times!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those homeless need a mermaid bar.

Liv Moe said...

add that to us stealing lance armstrong's bike and we're looking pretty awesome right now!

Anonymous said...

Think they'll be giving Lisa Ling a key to the city for bringing it to national attention?

Protex said...

What's the point of listing vacancy stats? So you're homeless, here's your house?

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The Armeniac said...

I was stoked when I saw this article.
There's been homeless camps around many cities for many years. Now that millions of middle class Americans are there it's harder for the press to ignore. I'm ok living in a poster city for homelessness as long as those folks get more humane services out of it.

DJ Rick said...

I remember when downtown L.A.'s tent city looked like People's Park in Berkeley times 10,000 (that's a conservative guesstimate)...but I never saw it on the front page of any newspaper. Ever go under a bridge in Portland?

wburg said...

Vacant housing indeed...in about 90 days they're closing the Berry Hotel, that's 108 rooms that are pretty gross but better than tents.

Anonymous said...

Why are they closing the Berry Hotel?

-omf

smitty said...

Berry Hotel would look much nicer with a sushi bar. Sure you think "sushi bar is so 2007" but has anyone noticed that the Stonegrill & Bar across from the Distillery is now a sushi place?

Anyway, the city didn't enforce the codes at Berry and it became more of a dump. The city, in its bright and cheery ways, bought the hotel for a buck. Now they need to relocate the people that live there, and pay outstanding debt, at a cost of $2 million.

Eminent domain for economic development during a fiscal crisis. They should plate glass the windows to make it waterproof for the mermaids.

wburg said...

omf:

http://sacramentopress.com/headline/3831/City_To_Close_Historic_Berry_Hotel

I can write more about this for the secret blog, if you want.