Los Angeles: Old, But Still Tough

Old, But Still Tough

Old radicals never die. They just keep getting angrier. When residents of Sunset Hall, a retirement home for religious liberals in Los Angeles, learned it was to be closed and sold to a private developer, they did what comes naturally: organize, protest and stonewall. Founded in 1924 by the First Unitarian Church, Sunset Hall had housed such prominent figures as anti- McCarthy activist Rose Chernin and Waldemar Hille, accompanist to Paul Robeson. The remaining nine residents threatened to stage a noisy demonstration outside Sunset Hall on the day it closed.

Last week their efforts paid off: the administrator and ten of...