Bombay Beach, once a desert resort, fell into decrepitude. Now an influx of artists, intellectuals and hipsters are making it their playground

When ecological disaster hit Bombay Beach, a resort town marooned by a dying lake in California’s desert, the result looked apocalyptic.

Birds and fish died. Toxic dust swirled. The air stank. Tourists and most residents fled, leaving a virtual ghost town of abandoned, decaying homes.

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