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LA's Skid Row is Getting a Zoning-Themed Mini Golf Course

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The nine-hole course is an art project that'll help teach visitors about important zoning issues

Zoning: it affects us all, it's a hot-button topic, and it's notoriously wonky. What if there was a way to have a discussion about it that was shrouded in the trappings of something fun and beloved by all? Enter a collaborative project by performance and activism group the Los Angeles Poverty Department and artist Rosten Woo that will create a zoning-themed, educational, nine-hole miniature golf course at the Skid Row History Museum & Archive, on Broadway near Fifth Street.

The LA Times reports that the project has just won a $50,000 grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts to make this dream come true. Titled "The Back 9: Golf and Zoning Policy in Los Angeles," it'll swap out the usual mini golf mainstays like a castle surrounded by a water trap or that stupid, impossible windmill, and in their place insert "buildings and other symbols of current and historic zoning issues in the area" onto the course.

The Back 9 will also include free workshops led by Woo and a live theater performance by the LAPD that will use the mini golf course as a stage. The project is expected to open in early 2017, so there's plenty of time to work on your putt putt game.