"White flight is real. The elites and middle classes are leaving. People are taking losses on the sales of their homes to get out," veteran publicist Ed Lozzi told the Daily Mail while referring to the socio-economic implosion of Los Angeles.
Lozzi said the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area was already "changing before coronavirus brought us to our knees. The homeless problem has been escalating for years, exacerbated by weak politicians making bad decisions."
"Hollywood has always been the wokest of the woke, so politicians have done nothing to stop people sleeping on the streets. It's not illegal and the weather's nice, so they keep coming," he said, adding that, "there is insufficient housing, inadequate mental health care. Add in Covid and it's a perfect storm."
Lozzi remembers the days when Los Angeles "smelled of orange blossoms." He said today's scent is urine and feces with once beautiful parks now filled with homeless encampments and carpeted with drug needles.
The metro's socio-economic implosion is forcing many homeowners in the downtown district to pack their bags and liquidate their homes at whatever the price to flee for suburbia. A combination of the virus pandemic and collapsing society has made the area unlivable for families.
Danny O'Brien, the owner of Watford Moving & Storage, said a mass exodus of folks from Hollywood is underway:
"And a lot of it is to do with politics."
"August has already set records and we are only halfway through the month."
"People are getting out in droves. Last week I moved a prominent person in the music industry from a $6.5 million mansion above Sunset Boulevard to Nashville."
"Liberal politics has destroyed this city," he said. "The homeless encampments are legal and there's nothing the police can do. White, affluent middle-class folk are getting out. People don't feel safe any more."
At least 66,000 people are sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles, up 12.5% YoY. The wealth gap continues to soar to alarming levels as the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in depressionary unemployment.
The socio-economic implosion of the city has allowed the woke Hollywood crowd to finally realize decades of liberal policies are, in fact, a failure. Now, the same elites who championed liberal policies are abandoning ship and moving to suburbia
Joe Rogan and Elon Musk have been some of the recent high-profile figures to pack their bags and move elsewhere.
A source told the Daily Mail that Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have homes in Los Angeles and Nashville. The couple has dedicated more time to Nashville since the pandemic began, the source said.
Producer Dana Brunetti, a business partner of Kevin Spacey, and resident of Los Angeles, recently acquired Italian citizenship to escape the US if more riots are seen.
The sudden migration of elites and white people from Los Angeles is similar to what happened in America after the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s when white city dwellers fled to suburbia.
White/elite flight 2.0 is well underway and could last a couple of years.