This week's issue of The New Yorker carries a "Letter from Los Angeles" by Dana Goodyear on the movie being made based on Steve Lopez's L.A. Times columns about street musician Nathaniel Ayers and Lopez's book, "The Soloist." The piece isn't among the online offerings on the TNY website, but Goodyear blogs about it and links to several Downtown blogs.
Don Garza, whose site, Central City East, says he has been “blogging from skid row since 2005,” recently posted about the Lopez effect on the neighborhood. Readers of his blog know that he was at first conflicted about Lopez’s columns. He seems to have come around. He wrote, “Because this journalist set into motion things that have turned skid row upside down and inside out to the point of homeless people becoming movie stars, well, he was an angel disguised as a devil.”
For news and perspectives from the urban revitalization, see: angelenic, View from a Loft, Loftangeles, and Skid Row Dude (“White Boy/White Dog Move to Skid Row: Certified Beach Dude Moves to Downtown Los Angeles”).