KQED’s The California Report has an article (and audio) up called “Venice Becomes Silicon Beach“. The “Venice of tomorrow” is discussed.
From the The California Report:
“If you want to come to Venice, why would you want to change it?” counters Linda Lucks. “You must come here because you like it.”
Lucks heads the Venice Neighborhood Council. Venice is technically part of Los Angeles, so this is the closest thing the neighborhood has to its own government.
“There’s a danger of losing the soul of Venice, a lot of us feel,” Lucks explains, “which is the diversity, the multiculturalism, which is the tolerance for people who aren’t just like you.”
In elections in October, ZEFR’s Oren Katzeff won a seat on the Neighborhood Council — one sign, perhaps, that tech is here to stay. He says Venice is going to have to get used to the changes.
“Change at times is inevitable,” Katzeff says. “You can take the position of, it’s going to happen, but how can I influence it in a way that’s positive for change and for myself?”
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