Amid Hollywood glitter, police clear squatters from abandoned building, describing grim conditions

Just steps from the tourists taking selfies at the famed corner of Hollywood and Vine, a different Tinseltown scene was unfolding inside an old commercial building.

From the outside, the structure looked abandoned amid the sea of upscale developments spreading across a revitalized Hollywood.

But inside, dozens of squatters had created a makeshift home — complete with framed-out rooms scattered with inflatable mattresses, personal belongings and garbage. Illegal wiring powered microwaves, coffee makers and other electronics.

When authorities arrived at the building Wednesday morning, they said, the filth and stench of human waste was overwhelming. Police detained more than 60 people who were living in what residents described as an artists community.


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