The residents of Venice Beach in California are up in arms with the transformation brought to the town by Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat.
The company rents and owns a number of office space in the American coastal suburb, where the company was first headquartered. But now these offices have taken over some of the entertainment spaces where the locals used to hang out.
Venice beach has blue collar working class roots but over the years has become a haven for many diverse lifestyles from surfers, skateboarders, to musicians and artists.
Ethan Lader, music video director, explains to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies how things used to be in Venice before Snapchat snapped up everything.
Snapchat started buying property and their plan was to turn our neighbourhood into the corporate campus.— Ethan Lader, Venice residents and music video director
He says the creative cultural face that has attracted so many, is on its way out.
They are buying properties... bars, restaurants, the Freakshow which is a mini circus...which has been in Venice for over 10 years.— Ethan Lader, Venice residents and music video director
Snapchat bought the building for $22 million and word on the streets is that Starbucks will be moving in one of the buildings. they are kicking out what is Venice.— Ethan Lader, Venice residents and music video director
We are now marching and we are making our voices heard...— Ethan Lader, Venice residents and music video director
Lader makes the comparison to what is happening in Cape Town suburbs where developers are moving in and changing the face of the area.
To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:
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