Remember South Central Farm? (Here's the printable version, in case you are not now, nor will ever be, a member of nytimes.com.)
This, as you may recall, was the end of that.
This is the latest update.
Choicest "you-just-don't-get-it" moment from NYT's Randal C. Archibold in June 2006 (first link):
Schools in Los Angeles are deteriorating. Gang warfare has increased in some areas. Many people can scarcely afford homes. But for a certain set of celebrity environmental activists, it is the farm, and the threat of a developer's bulldozer clearing away the cactuses, corn, squash, medicinal herbs and other plantings of mostly Latino squatters on a nearly 14-acre verdant area surrounded by a patchwork of warehouses, that commands their intervention.Ms. Hannah's seemingly anticipatory response:
Ms. Hannah said the cause has drawn so much star power because more is at stake than the fate of what organizers call "the largest urban farm in the country." The farm, she said, has come to symbolize a lost way of life, a joining of community against the urban tide. "It's great for community," Ms. Hannah said, the howl and clanging of nearby trains breaking the idyllic air. "And one thing responsible for the breakdown of society is a lack of community."Ms. Hannah may be a bit flaky, but this only makes her simple rightness here all the more embarrassing for all the "socially-conscious" Randal C.'s out there.
Would it help the farmers change the world if they won in court? Probably not. Law is not attractive. Health and beauty are.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, back east...