If you hadn’t heard, Kanye West recently set down the sneakers and the mic to develop Tatooine-esque domes designed to house the homeless and end class division. Four modest prototypes of different shapes and sizes popped up on his 300-acre Calabasas property, however three have been demolished after West failed to comply with building code requests from the L.A. County Department of Public Works.
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Tear-down warnings came about a month ago when local police were tipped about the illegal buildings by a neighbor who heard construction noise. Crews purportedly worked 12-hour days from before 8 a.m. to after 5 p.m., and on Sundays—including hours when construction is prohibited by the county. The irony—like the construction—is blaring considering West’s well-known and ongoing Sunday Service—a day of rest that celebrates devoutness through music in his community.
The forced demolition is a blow that can’t sting much for West, who exhibits alarming levels of pluck. His paths to success in the rap and fashion worlds were prefaced ad infinitum with motormouth claims much like this one: "I’m going to be one of the biggest real estate developers of all time—what Howard Hughes was to air crafts and what Henry Ford was to cars…We gonna develop cities."
Recently, West purchased a $14 million ranch in Wyoming where he is expected to start anew on housing for humanity's future. At that price, and in the least populous state, he should have a substantial buffer from tattling neighbors.