Friday, September 01, 2006

A utopian solution to homelessness
is priced out of the neighborhood

Families and individuals paid $70 a month rent and divided chores in Dome Village. About 450 people have lived there since 1993.

A community of futuristic domes once billed as a utopian refuge from life on the streets is being dismantled and auctioned online.

So ends Dome Village, a self-governed, self-sufficient society on a downtown Los Angeles lot visited by celebrities but largely unnoticed by thousands of commuters who buzz past on a nearby freeway.

Now a 700% rent hike -- from $2,500 to $18,330 per month - is forcing the village from its site near Staples Center. The partnership that owns the land said the increase reflects soaring downtown property values.

Read the San Jose Mercury News article here.

Want to buy a dome? They're available here on e-bay.


At 3:40 AM, Blogger Anonymous Law Student said...

That is....incredibly sad. Those kind of social experiments rarely succeed, it seems wrong to dismantle one that was doing a good job.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Jana Cruder Photography said...

there is hope. My question is what is provided for those forced to leave.


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