If there’s one thing Brooklyn hipsters and L.A. hipsters have in common it’s a healthy disdain for corporate takeover of vital local culture. Starbucks once tried to open a store in Williamsburg, but they were shouted down by the neighborhood’s denizens who prefer to pay twice as much for infinitely better coffee at local favorite Blue Bottle.
Now L.A. faces a similar showdown with an even more formidable corporate opponent: Walmart.
The chain has acquired a permit to open a store at a Chinatown location currently housing the arts performance space Human Resources. A movement aptly called No Walmart in Chinatown has popped up to oppose the planned opening, and on June 29 No Age will headline a benefit show to aid the effort. Proceeds will go to Unionosity, the non-profit that’s coordinating No Walmart in Chinatown. The show is a steal at $5.
If your’e an Angeleno, Unionosity is looking for photos of what you think of when you think of Chinatown. Send pics to email@example.com and play your part in stopping Walmart.