Skid Row


Trump Reportedly Wants to Destroy Homeless Camps in California. Officials Say He Doesn’t Have a Clue.

"The president doesn’t seem to have any grasp of the homeless crisis, not only in California, but around the country."
Emma Ockerman

What I Learned from Opening a Restaurant Empire on Skid Row

My decision to open up my restaurant in the middle of Skid Row was one of the riskiest things that I have ever done in my life.
Jesse Gomez

There Was a Carnival for Homeless People on LA's Skid Row This Weekend

"Nobody just goes down to Skid Row and says, 'Hey we love you.' Nobody goes down there and just has a party for them."
Samantha Cowan

Hospitals Are Dumping Mentally Ill Patients in Los Angeles’ Skid Row

Instead of creating a post-treatment plan, hospitals discard the chronically ill and homeless back to the street, according to a recent lawsuit.
Justin Kloczko

Why Embattled LA DIY Venue The Smell Is So Important

After LA's DIY music venue The Smell was threatened with a demolition notice, we spoke to some of the bands who came up performing and hanging out there.
Peter Holslin

Homeless Dog Owners Talk About What Their Dogs Mean to Them

"I got her from a friend. I saw her, and I said, 'That doggie is going to be mine.'"
Allegra Ringo

It's Not Easy to Get Prescription Meds When You're Homeless on Skid Row

For the mentally ill individuals who make up nearly one-third of LA's homeless population, receiving and keeping prescription medication can be a desperate struggle.
Celeste Alvarez

The Vile Majesty of Hollywood Boulevard on New Year’s Eve

If you're looking for old Hollywood glamour, my advice would be to stay the hell out of Hollywood, especially on New Year's Eve. It is, to thousands, a perfectly perverse place to drunkenly celebrate the passing of another year.
Megan Koester
deep dives

James Ferraro On His New Album, An Imaginary Film About The War Zone of LA Life

With Skid Row on shelves now, we caught up with Ferraro to talk PTSD, Boyz N the Hood and Wagenerian opera.
Robert Barry

The Skid Row Arts Festival Was Full of Beautiful Weirdos with Lots to Say

Performing at the Skid Row Arts Festival is about defiantly expressing your existence in a world that preferred you didn't exist at all.
Jemayel Khawaja
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Los Angeles Will Declare a State of Emergency to Deal With Its Homelessness Problem

As of now, though, it's unclear where the $100 million will come from or how it will be used.
Drew Millard

Sebastian Bach Charged People $175 to Attend His Wedding Reception, and It Was Worth Every Penny

Does $175 add up to the going rate for an adequate Kiss cover band, a Sebastian Bach meet-and-greet, and admission to a San Jose rock club on an off Saturday night? I'm not sure, but I'll tell you what it does get you: a front row ticket to history.
David Thorpe