Insider Perspective

We talked to many people who lived and worked in Venice Beach, CA. Most of these people were committed to their community and had civic pride. For those who worked in social services there was a sense that more could be done for those in need. Many residents built protective fences around their properties, which gave the feeling of sheltered denizens, frightened to explore their own world renowned city. With median home prices at just over one million dollars there is fear from those who have lived in Venice for years that it will lose its eclectic appeal and become just another beach city for the privileged. It was hard not to notice the civic balancing act that seems to have cast a net over this neo-funky city. How will civic and community leaders maintain the eclectic while mcmansions are being built and their wealthy owners influencing policy?

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