Los Angeles as War Zone
This comment from 'John' about West Adams in yesterday's Untold LA Slate article really stood out to me:
"The houses in West Adams are beautiful, but a few blocks in most directions and your in a war zone."
I think this mentality is one of the reasons so many people have no idea of the historical and cultural richness we have here. If it's South of Wilshire people seem to think we live in some sort of Walking Dead meets Waterworld hellscape.
As I commented back in the article: I live in West Adams and a couple of blocks to the south of me is USC, to the north is Downtown, to the east is the LA Trade Tech College and a new tram stop and to the west is Midtown. There’s no war zone.
This idea that LA is some sort of, I don’t know - gangland hell? seems to be a hangover from what? The Zoot Suit Riots? Watts? The Rodney King trial? Innumerable crime movies with 'LA' as their setting?
I don’t know - but look at the crime rate - it’s the lowest it’s ever been, by far: Wikipedia - Crime in Los Angeles.
The photo posted above is a definitely non-War Zone street in West Adams. Though maintaining those Palm Trees is probably a bitch.