Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Slum Photo Op For Elites

Prince William and Kate to Visit Skid Row in Los Angeles caution, FAUX

" Prince William and Catherine's visit to the U.S. will fittingly include a match of the "sport of kings" at a Santa Barbara polo ground and an evening of hobnobbing with Hollywood's version of royalty, but the couple will also make a stop in Los Angeles' most plebian neighborhood -- Skid Row.

Moving from the hoity-toity to the hoi polloi, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Inner-City Arts, a nonprofit academy that has given children from poverty-stricken neighborhoods free classes in visual and performing arts since 1989.

"This is what's going on outside their castle. They're going to get a taste of what life is like for us," said Jessica Cornejo, a 19-year-old member of a dance troupe that will be performing for the newlywed couple during their Sunday visit. "It's the best way to end that royal trip."

Housed in a contemporary compound of bright white buildings dotting a plant-filled courtyard, the academy stands out on a street pockmarked with despair.

As twilight sets in on a recent afternoon, the sidewalk fills with locals swigging beer out of paper bags and smoking marijuana cigarettes. No one pays any mind to the toothless and shoeless, mumbling to themselves or shouting to the air as they shunt shopping carts crammed with their worldly possessions.

Skid Row is the nation's homeless capital with some 4,000 people crammed into a 50-square block area of downtown Los Angeles. Nearly 1,000 sleep on the street every night, others seek a cot at one of five shelters in the area or reside in homeless housing."

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