reply to post by lpowell0627
...why would the video show belongings, shoes, etc. and say it was evidence of the urgent need to vacate the area....
It wasn't. The film skewed reality a bit. The photos, shoes, and oddball furniture were placed there by squatters - transients, the homeless. The
place stinks to high heaven (um.. hell, rather), and none of the shoreline area residences are code-approved for habitation. The property can't
legally be occupied, renovated or transacted. Thus, they are left to rot and opportunists, free-loaders, gang-bangers, smugglers,
drug-dealers/manufacturers, and a wide assortment of other vagabonds move in and "live" rent-free for a while.
As one might expect, personal problems/tragedy, fight-or-flight, or just the lawmen keep these folks, good and bad, on the move - sometimes in a
Keep in mind this dump is within spitting distance of that Hollyweird/pseudo-celebrity golf-crazed mecca of Palm Springs, with all it's
flash-in-the-pan blingy restaraunts, casinos, and designer handbag shops. If you want to be near that 'life-style', for whatever motive, but have
nowhere near the means to put the air-conditioned swimming pool cabana/clubhouse roof over your head - then a rusted, putrid, shell of a ghost-home a
few miles down the desert highway may be your only choice.
By the way, I did a GIS contract for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California some years ago, and while working with some of the
engineers and cartographers there was told that the "accident" that created the Salton Sea was really intentional. Why? Because legislation was
pending that would give Mexico a greater share of the Colorado River water and the "accident" would divert that water into a reservoir north of the
border to provide irrigation to the Imperial Valley agricultural community. It only kind of turned out as expected...
p.s. Think for minute: how long do you think photos tacked to a wall in the briny salt air would last? A few months at most, no? These are recent
possessions you were viewing, not old abandoned ones. My guess is there were a few ticked-off transients close-by wondering what some U-tubey
"photo-journalist" was doing poking around their stuff!
edit on 5/20/2011 by Outrageo because: p.s.