Hippie Mobiles Along Venice Streets To Get The Boot

by Emily Green · June 30, 2010

Venice has been a Mecca for vagabonds and granola-types far and wide since the counterculture of the 1960s.  Dirty hippies young and old flock to the sun-baked, seaside community with their rusty RVs and VW Buses to set up shop on small streets and hit the boardwalk while the sun's out, something which has troubled residents -- the ones who actually own (stationary) property there -- for years.

The Venetians have had enough of the fun-loving nomads' free-loading in front of their homes and yesterday, their voices were finally heard by Los Angeles.  The city council made moves to attend to their concerns, passing an Oversize Vehicle Ordinance that will allow neighborhoods throughout L.A. to vote to ban large hippie mobiles lining residential streets.

The drifters will almost surely be on the losing end of the vote once it hits ballots, and the "largest franchise of Kampgrounds of America" will be dismantled. It's only a matter of time before they have to pack up their hemp ponchos and Birkenstocks and hit the road.

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