L.A. promised jobs for Watts but left weeds and shanties

“One day I walked into this property and found a drain,” he said. “I opened it and it was dry. I cleaned a spider web. So I started living here.”

Reaction to tiny homes or trailers was generally negative.


Asa Grissett stands near his mobile home that is parked along a road that cuts through a portion of a10-acre vacant lot in Watts.

“I used to say, ‘Don’t get involved. Let it go, let it go.’ But this has gotten out of hand,”
“Those people got mental illness. They got drug problems,” he said. “When they’re on their thing they don’t respect other people’s property, you know. We’ve seen them trying to come in here banging on the door. You park your car, they try to steal your catalytic converter, break your windows.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-19/the-city-bought-land-28-years-ago-to-bring-jobs-to-watts-now-its-a-homeless-camp