I feel very disappointed that the mayor, city council and citizens of Los Angeles weren't able to save the farm. That part of L.A. is especially desolate and depressing, and the farm was basically the only large spot of green in a grey, trash-strewn landscape. I feel like the destruction of the South Central Farm will be something the city will always regret.
It's a sad day.
From the Los Angeles Times:
During an afternoon press conference, a visibly annoyed Villaraigosa said the city made a last-ditch effort to preserve the land, offering landowner Ralph Horowitz the price he had sought, raised through a variety of nonprofit groups.
But the mayor said Horowitz then said he thought the land was worth an additional $3 million and also said he was sick of the protesters, some of whom he said had made anti-Semitic slurs against him.
The farm is now being bulldozed and approximately 50 protestors have been arrested.