In Venice Beach, tensions were running high as the arrival of Google and Snapchat was seen by some as infringing upon the bohemian vibe of the historic neighborhood. Rumblings of a secession movement began to quiver through town. Some Venetians believed separating from Los Angeles was the only way to maintain control.
My longform piece on "Vexit" took weeks of research and was published at over 3,000 words. It went viral, was shared over 10,000 times on Facebook and Twitter, received over 200,000 impressions and generated tens of thousands of comments. It became so controversial that Curbed opted to disable comments on the piece. It led to me being interviewed by NPR (KPCC) and asked to go on Good Day LA.
A month after the Curbed piece was published, the LA Times published their own piece on "Vexit" on the front page.
Another hit for Curbed was my investigation into bad landlords in Los Angeles. Months of research paid off in a major way. The piece went viral throughout the city, and is now used as a tool for disenfranchised tenants to avoid and identify abusive landlords.
Within three days of publication, Curbed was threatened with lawsuits by no less than five of the ten landlords we identified. Which was, as my editor said, "always the mark of a great story."