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In the hipster world, California’s Coachella Valley is known for strange creatures such as Animal Collective and Deer Tick that appear once a year to gigantic crowds of bearded men, women with bangs, and asymmetrical hair on both. But for the rest of the year, the defining characteristics of the region are widespread poverty, racial inequality, environmental pollution, sickness, and death.

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  • Malaclypse

    Even the names of unincorporated communities here – Mecca, Oasis – evoke Biblical lands, befitting the manmade plagues that beset the region.

    That is some kwality editing, that is.

  • Richard Cobeen

    I always associate it with Bugs Bunny. Watch Bully for Bugs.

  • Bill Murray

    does baldness count as asymmetrical hair?

  • bph

    “It’s like the bus goes through all the poor sections first, then out of nowhere there are a bunch of huge houses and beautiful sights. It’s sad, because there’s really nothing in between. It’s just the poor and the rich.”

    America’s future! They are just ahead of the curve.

  • DrDick

    Unions? We don’t need no stinkin’ unions! Nor none of them environmental and labor laws neither.

  • wiley

    Where are the land grants,interest free loans, and community gardens when so many people need them?

  • Left_Wing_Fox

    Ah, sounds about right. Lived in the area for 2 years, and there was always an oddly soulless feel to the place. From the houses that started at unaffordable and quickly spiraled into ridiculous, the lawns that needed twice daily watering in a city with no storm-drains. Between frictionless algae slicks, caltrop-style thorns, walled communities and the desert heat riding a bike was an act of suicidal frustration. Glad to not live there anymore, although I miss the world-class farmer’s market they had

    • Left_Wing_Fox

      Holy shit. Just read the whole thing.

      Compared to how much worse it’s been getting for the genuinely poor in the area, my middle-class comment just landed in Megan McArdle territory. For my next trick, I’ll complain how hard it is to get a decent taco in the middle of a drug war. =/

      Sorry all.

      • Furious Jorge

        But at least you’re self-aware enough to feel bad about something you said. Which pulls you right back out of McArdle territory, as far as I’m concerned.

  • Halloween Jack

    I’m not sure which is worse: the idea that this is news to some people, or that HuffPo feels the need to use Coachella as a hook to get people to give a shit about this. I bet that a lot of people that live in the town that they hold Bonnaroo in can’t afford tickets to it, either.

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