Nationwide, rent increases continue to outpace wage growth, with LA proving no exception to that rule as the most unaffordable rental market in the nation. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan to earthquake retrofit thousands of vulnerable buildings will impose another heavy toll on the city's lowest-income renters if, as many have suggested, tenants shoulder the full cost of the retrofits.
New Orleans observed the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a cacophony of sights, sounds and emotions that blurred the lines between art and politics, truth and contradiction, and life and death. Activists on the ground organized around a theme of resistance.
In this world of ours, a world of powerful centers and subjugated outposts, there is no wealth that must not be held in some suspicion. In the years since the first edition of Open Veins, history has not ceased to be a cruel mistress to us.