What Does it Take to Live in LA? Incredible Luck

ginger bread people looking for their gingerbread house to live in

Kudos to LA Indymedia for pointing out this amazing fantasy that the LA County AFL-CIO is living in. According to the LA Union website (who are trying to fight for higher wages in LA), they believe that a single adult needs to only make $13.52 an hour ($28k a year) to "support a modest standard of living in LA".

The AFL-CIO has broken it down to explain to live modestly, one would be able pay $843 for an apartment, $400 a month on transportation, and $211 a month on food.

First of all, who do you know that has found an apartment - or even a studio in LA - for $843? Further the AFL-CIO's example for what it takes to be a single parent includes having a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment for $1,269. Another dream that LA Indymedia scoffs at:

According to Craigslist, however, the $843 rent and utilities for a small apartment underestimates the rent by around $100, unless you're looking for a very small studio with free electricity.

And $1,200 for a 1 or 2 bedroom? Good luck. Maybe in extremely modest parts of South Central LA.

Perhaps we at LAist and they at LA Indymedia are not on the same page as the AFL-CIO on the definition of "modestly". Clearly they mean a modest step above living in a box on skid row.

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