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  • Labor & EconomyMay 26, 2015

    Evicted Crenshaw Tenant: 'This Ain’t Nothing But Greed'

    “The Lord has always taken care of me,” says Catherine Green, as she emerges from a moment of  reflection and peers intently around her living room. On a plaque by the kitchen are words  from Isaiah: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” She says the quote has always given her strength in difficult times.

    By the end of May, the 90-year-old Green will have tendered a reluctant, pain-filled goodbye to the Golden State and the familiar comforts of the Los Angeles apartment she has made into a home over the last 30 years. She is one of dozens of Boulevard Villa residents—many of whom are elderly, disabled or on Section 8 housing vouchers— who are being unceremoniously evicted from their  43-unit  Mid-City apartment complex by its new owners, Lafayette Square Apt. LLC. The eviction of every resident of 1625 Crenshaw Boulevard,

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  • Labor & EconomyApril 28, 2015

    As L.A.'s Rents Rise: Crenshaw Tenants Battle Eviction

    For Catherine Green, home for the last three decades has been a comfortable apartment in the sprawling 43-unit Boulevard Villa near Crenshaw and Venice boulevards in Mid-City Los Angeles. Her alert gaze, energetic demeanor and perfect posture give no hint of a life that’s spanned 90 years. “I was one of the first people to move in here,” she says with a strained smile. “I’ve seen ’em come, and I’ve seen ’em go. This is my community, my village.”

    Tanya Rhodes, a retired nurse, and her disabled daughter also call this place home, and have done so for the last 22 years. Louis Gates, a sturdy man with a steely glare, is a Vietnam vet who relocated here five years ago. Between nervous puffs on a cigarette, he expresses how happy he was when he moved in, and says sadly, “I thought this was going to be the last place I would move into.” If the winds of fortune do not change soon,

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