One man’s refuse is another man’s treasure, never more so than in the backyard, where the hoarder goblin is allowed to run off leash.
Here’s Van Nuys in a single frame. On the right side, 6537 Columbus Avenue, every inch of lot given over to vehicle storage. Whose cars? For what purpose? Why boats? Mysteries. It’s been going on for years. On the left, the footprint for 6530 Sepulveda, formerly the brothel known as the Voyager Inn, now known as SkyLA Tower, with 2 bedroom apartments leasing at $2750.
Two hundred people utilizing a lot proportional to the one next door housing dozens of used cars, while people are camping on the same street. Perhaps a pretty good argument for eminent domain?
Unfortunately, this wouldn’t resolve the storage issue. In all three cases, someone is making a lot of money off things as they are. Servicing the indigent is literally a billion dollar business now, in Los Angeles alone. You could seize the car house, put up a shelter over the anguished wailing of the KesterRidge Neighborhood Association and it wouldn’t make a dent in the tents on the street. We pay them to be here. Until we stop doing so, the Laws of Entropy prevail.