Requiem for Mrs. P
By C.V. Beck
Today, on my way back from the Rite-Aid Flu Shot Festival, I walked past what we, the residents of Lincoln Place usually refer to as “Building 18,” the only remodeled building at Lincoln Place Garden Apartments. I noticed that someone, finally, has taken away all of the ghastly, tattered and shredded, formerly phonily or should I say “faux” (faux-ly?) festive flag pennants that had been around the perimeter.
I decided to revisit Mrs. Ponce’s apartment. I walked thru the “gates”, saw that the purple bearded barley landscaping is now growing wildly over the walkway, unmaintained, and tiptoed up the steps to Mrs. P’s, a small dachshund barking lonely and noisily in the next patio, as I passed, of the only remaining occupants of this grandiosely remodeled, grotesquely up-scaled and bizarre-looking building.
I looked in the kitchen window and saw that “they” have never finished the remodeling of her apartment and remembered that AIMCO was in the picture during that time, too, while keeping a very low profile.
On the 28th of this October, 2005, it will be two years since Mrs. Laura Luisa Packman Ponce died, in tragic and horrible circumstances in the “slums” of Beverly Glen, up north above Sunset Boulevard, in a very strange but lovely woodsy place waiting -- while the cancer clock was ticking madly --to be returned to her well-loved and cherished apartment, here at Lincoln Place, in good faith, when there was none to be forthcoming.
And I then reflect on what we, the tenants of Lincoln Place are dealing with now, have been dealing with for years and years, almost twenty years now, more than a generation, of abuse, governmental incompetence, looking for justice and righteous persons in our government in Los Angeles and from our landlords.
Rest in peace, Mrs. P. I think of you often and I also think from time to time of the photograph of Lincoln Place I slipped into your coffin to accompany you on your journey throughout eternity --to remind you of what you thought was your “home”.
Posted: Wed - November 2, 2005 at 05:36 PM