Transformation in Skid Row

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Transformation in Skid Row
Skid row in Los Angeles, California, is home to the highest concentrations of homeless people in the United States. Located in LA’s industrial zone, the area has welcomed and ‘housed’ homeless individuals for centuries. The history of how this site has come to be started back in the 1870’s and has been evolving ever since. Skid row is a vital part of LA’s history and culture and will continue to evolve with the city. An important part of any landscape is function. Function is the purpose of any landscape and exists for a reason. Mitchell stated in his new axioms for reading the landscape that, “landscapes exist for a reason (Mitchell 2007, 35).” This axiom presents the idea that everything in the landscape had a purpose at one point in time. Landscapes transform and change over time in order to meet the purposes of the residents of the landscape. An example of this is skid row in LA. Although this area of LA might seem like a dump, at one point in time it had a function and its function and purpose has evolved with time. Skid row is located in the industrial zone of LA with close proximity to the central business district. This location is unusual for a center for homeless people for many reasons, but looking back at history has an explanation. When workers first arrived in LA they arrived by railroad (Skid Row Journal). A hub for seasonal and migrant workers formed near the railroad line creating skid row. In lecture a chart was brought up explaining the relationship between property value and proximity to the peak land value intersection. As you get closer to the peak land value, bid rent increases (Mitchell 2014). Skid row has close proximity to peak land value, but because of the social influences in skid row bid rent is actually lower than projected creating a rent gap. The land that skid row is on has decreased in value…...

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