I met Charles Porter from United Coalition East Prevention Project when I was working on a cover story for the LA Weekly, Coming Of Age In The Mouth Of Madness. He was advocating to clean up the Ford Hotel. Now owned by SRO Housing Corp, the 25 million dollar transformation is slated for completion in December.
Pictured in photo (left to right): Charles Porter, Travelle Robertson, Abraham Alarcon Jr
excerpt: “Man, it was ghetto up in the Ford. Crackheads and handicap people. Lots of murders, lots of killings. I even witnessed a death right in my face. She was like a mother to me. It was messed up, seeing her die.”
Shot by Luigi Ventura: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?
SRO Housing Corp – http://www.srohousing.org/
read the story here: http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/pavement/