"The Lower Topanga Life"
Article and Photos by Cathy Neiman
This photo essay depicts the lifestyle of
Lower Topangans. The homes range from upscale ranch style to trailers.
The California State Parks Department bought 1,659 acres of land in
Lower Topanga more than a year ago and plans to turn the land into a State Park. Residents and business owners, who have occupied the area, some for more than 30 years, are being displaced. Some took relocation monies and either bought homes or found new homes to rent. However, a few are taking a last stand, having hired an attorney to prolong their stay, and others are still waiting for relocation funds.