The Back Nine: Golf and Zoning policy in Los Angeles

| | August 2, 2017

October 3, 2017 all-day America/Los Angeles Timezone
Skid Row Museum & Archive
250 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Rosten Woo

“The Back Nine” is a playable educational golf course about zoning and redevelopment politics in Downtown LA. Each hole of the course explores a different aspect of zoning and its political implications. Specifically the course connects with the planned DTLA2040 rezoning plan which will have dramatic effects on Skid Row.

We’d like to create additional evening hours “sponsored” by interested people and organizations. Sponsoring doesn’t involve money – it just means you’ll commit to bring a group of people to the golf course. We’re equipped with a projector and about 60 chairs, in case you want to connect the visit with a meeting or a discussion. Our hope is that the space can be used as a reading room/meeting room for groups engaged in land use struggles downtown and across LA.

If you are interested and think you could bring 5, 10, 20, or even 100 people to the space, shoot us an e-mail and we can try to coordinate a night (or a morning or afternoon) to keep the space open. or
Examples of groups:
• your colleagues or coworkers
• people you are organizing with
• your cultural or educational institution
• your students, classmates, or fellow informal learners
• your children’s playgroup
• your friends


The Back 9: Golf and Zoning Policy in Los Angeles is a multidisciplinary art project interrogating the power structures that have literally built Los Angeles. Ever since the city of Los Angeles created the first set of urban zoning codes in the nation, the city has been particularly effective at wielding these codes as a means for disenfranchising communities, historically handing over an extraordinary amount of control to the city’s developers. City zoning codes are now in process of being re-written as part of the Re:Code LA initiative and the new codes will first be applied in downtown. Seemingly innocent changes will effectively endanger the integrity of the Skid Row neighborhood, as current zoning mandates that all housing construction within Skid Row’s 50 square blocks be affordable to the extreme poor. Shifting zoning criteria away from “use” specifically opens the area to market rate development and facilitates the displacement of the thousands of formerly homeless hotel residents now living permanently in Skid Row.

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