Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Spiteful developer rejects community farm deal

Ed Ruscha Monument
LA disappearing: Twitchell's
Ed Ruscha Monument (above), South Central Farm
After publicly stating he would sell the South Central Farm for $16 million (an $11 million profit in three years after a sweet-heart backroom deal with the city), developer Ralph Horowitz rejected the money, and finally evicted the farm's supporters and bulldozed the community garden.
LA Times: The 14-year effort to establish an urban farm in the heart of South Los Angeles came to an end today when authorities evicted the farmers, as well as some celebrities who were supporting them by keeping vigil on the land.

The eviction occurred during a frenzied day both at the farm site and at City Hall as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city leaders negotiated with the landowner through the morning, failing to reach a deal to save the farm even though the mayor said they had come up with the owner's $16-million asking price
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