A microbiological modeling of population density and the distribution of resources along Venice Blvd. in Los Angeles leads to animated discussions.

Cesar & Lois: Microgentrification of Los Angeles
Microgentrification and related discussions at JAUS in Los Angeles in 2018

Physarum polycephalum charts the concentration and distribution of wealth in LA. Cesar & Lois ask, Do microbiological colonies share or gentrify?

Cesar & Lois: Los Angeles Comparison
The west side cultures thrive and expand to other areas, seeking additional food sources.

The experiment in Los Angeles was hosted by JAUS and included a discussion with LA participants spanning the entire city. Food for the event was sourced from eateries along Venice Blvd. along the growth route of Physarum polycephalum. Discussants ate food from the disparate cultural areas along the route while considering how a city grows, the root causes of gentrification and why those who move do so and what happens to under-resourced and often displaced cultures.

Distribution of Income according to Microbiology
Distribution of culture is determined by the concentration of human population: 1 dot of starter culture = 5K people per square mile
Distribution of Resources
Income distribution is reflected by oats: Marina del Rey per capita income is 70K (7 oats)
Pico/Union on the East Side has a per capita income of 14K (1.4 oats)