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The L.A. DIY community contemplates a post-Ghost Ship life

The L.A. DIY community contemplates a post-Ghost Ship life

After a December fire in Oakland killed dozens of young music fans at the DIY venue known as Ghost Ship, one question has ricocheted around L.A.’s underground music community: What do we do now?

In the wake of tragedy and public scrutiny, L.A.’s underground promoters, artists and fans know that change is coming. A scene that felt like a little utopia has been scarred by unbelievable loss, and a police crackdown on un-permitted venues has already begun (the popular Burning Man hangout Purple 33, near Culver City, was among the first to go).

Long-simmering fears of displacement — over safety concerns and gentrification alike — have proven prescient.

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