Leon Kessler, 79, whose reversals in the student loan business left him driving a cab, said he was surprised to learn from his brother that Beverly Hills had HUD housing. Kessler said he waited six years to get in and has lived there for five years. Disabled by anxiety and injuries, he spends his time watching TV and chatting with building staff. Once a week, he goes to a coffee shop or to a diner. “I like being in Beverly Hills,” he said. “I’ve always worked around here. … It’s a good people-watching city.”
On a winter afternoon, Able sips a half-price Negroni cocktail at happy hour at the nearby Caffe Roma, where she once spied a brother of Sylvester Stallone.
“If you’re going to be poor,” she said, “it ain’t so bad in Beverly Hills.”
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