Homeless encampments are back in Venice Beach – after nearly 200 people were cleared from the iconic boardwalk last summer.
Almost a year later, footage from the Los Angeles town show dozens of tents back up, and some 120 vagrants overtaking the beach once again.
Residents are now complaining about a renewed stream of garbage littering the promenade, as well as elaborate processions erected by individuals camping outside.
For residents of the area, the issue is a recurring one – after the pandemic presented a plethora of challenges including several still-prevailing housing crisis.
LA was no exception, where ‘shelter in place’ rules restricted officials from evicting encampments across the city. A prime piece of real estate ceded in the chaos was Venice Beach, where each summer since, hundreds of tents have again sprouted up again and again – after being systematically knocked back down.
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