In the heart of downtown LA, between the buzz of the arts district and the wealth of one of the world’s richest financial sectors, sits a place called Skid Row.
A stretch of about one square mile, this literal dumping ground is home to a staggering 10% of LA’s homeless population – a shanty town for the poor and marginalised concentrated into just four blocks. California is one of the wealthiest states in America – Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor for goodness sake. Yet only this year, California’s government declared a state of emergency because of its increasing problems with homelessness.
Forget The Hills, forget the glam of Hollywood Boulevard, this is actual rock-bottom. In the words of Dizzee Rascal, “Bitch, you’re not ready for Skid Row.”
Photos by HypeMari
Words by Petra Hunt