How Bad is LA?

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How Bad is LA?

[cap­tion id=“attachment_113003” align=“aligncenter” width=“300”] Visual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the report­ing on the home­less­ness and dis­ease prob­lems in Los Ange­les. It’s not this seri­ous. Yet.[/caption]

by baldilocks

Orig­i­nally posted as a Twit­ter thread — with a lit­tle expansion.


From my good friend Stephen Green aka the Vod­ka­pun­dit:

In your typ­i­cal Third-​World mega­lopo­lis, basic city func­tions fall into dis­re­pair, while once-​eradicated dis­eases run ram­pant — and the local big­wig boasts about sav­ing the world.

Los Ange­les is quickly becom­ing a typ­i­cal Third-​World mega­lopo­lis, and the rest of the state isn’t far behind.

Yes­ter­day the New York Post reported “rats run­ning every­where among piles of decay­ing garbage,” in a “sprawl­ing 50-​block area that is believed to be the base for around 4,200 home­less people.”

Local colum­nist Steve Lopez called his city a “giant trash recep­ta­cle” and asked, “Did some­one turn back the cal­en­dar a few hun­dred years?” No, Steve, the city gov­ern­ment turned hard left is all.

That last part started a long time ago.

So where did all that trash come from? Los Ange­lenos are dump­ing it out in the streets — and the city isn’t col­lect­ing it. Two weeks ago Fox News reported that the prob­lem goes back at least to last Octo­ber, when the city noticed nine cases of typhus. The city “cleaned up some of the worst piles of garbage,” but then they slacked right back off. The huge pile returned quickly, but offi­cials at first said that it “could take up to 90 days before it’s cleaned up.

I live in LA, but I’m not see­ing much of this. Trash still gets col­lected twice a week around here. Many of the reports and nearly all of the linked media on the alleged ris­ing dis­as­ter here in LA are focused on Downtown’s Skid Row. But that area has been a hotbed of noi­some pesti­lence for a very long time.

I sup­pose that, with the home­less pop­u­la­tion grow­ing there, the refuse level is ris­ing and affect­ing all of down­town. That’s still a very small part of LA.

That said, I’ve stayed away from DTLA ever since my church moved from there to Glendale.

I guess what I’m say­ing is that much of the reportage seems overblown, from where I sit as a native and long-​time res­i­dent of this city.

Maybe it’s a fac­tor of the part of LA in which I live: Kore­atown. Very few vis­i­ble home­less. From what lit­tle I know of Korean cul­ture, they seem less than sym­pa­thetic towards the home­less. Not a crit­i­cism; just an obser­va­tion. I spend a lot of time in a small part of Glen­dale and there’s no evi­dence of a cri­sis there either. Arme­ni­ans, Per­sians, and Rus­sians; might be a fac­tor of those cul­tures as well.

In other words, I’m not above the notion that my per­spec­tive about the prob­lem may be skewed.

But I can say this for cer­tain: the entirety LA has not become some hor­rid fan­tasy combo of trash and cooties, though I don’t doubt that some parts of my city have devolved. That’s how Democ­rats run their cities.

Why don’t you go out and see for your­self and report?” I hear some of you say.

Well, I will … as soon as I get to the VA and get some shots. I try not to tempt God and I’m not inter­ested in pay­ing with my life for being wrong about the mag­ni­tude of the home­less prob­lem here.

By the way, the type of report­ing I plan is why the Mag­nif­i­cent Seven exists in the first place.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Visual representation of the reporting on the homelessness and disease problems in Los Angeles. It’s not this serious. Yet.

by baldilocks

Originally posted as a Twitter thread — with a little expansion. 


From my good friend Stephen Green aka the Vodkapundit:

In your typical Third-World megalopolis, basic city functions fall into disrepair, while once-eradicated diseases run rampant — and the local bigwig boasts about saving the world.

Los Angeles is quickly becoming a typical Third-World megalopolis, and the rest of the state isn’t far behind.

Yesterday the New York Post reported “rats running everywhere among piles of decaying garbage,” in a “sprawling 50-block area that is believed to be the base for around 4,200 homeless people.”

Local columnist Steve Lopez called his city a “giant trash receptacle” and asked, “Did someone turn back the calendar a few hundred years?” No, Steve, the city government turned hard left is all.

That last part started a long time ago.

So where did all that trash come from? Los Angelenos are dumping it out in the streets — and the city isn’t collecting it. Two weeks ago Fox News reported that the problem goes back at least to last October, when the city noticed nine cases of typhus. The city “cleaned up some of the worst piles of garbage,” but then they slacked right back off. The huge pile returned quickly, but officials at first said that it “could take up to 90 days before it’s cleaned up.

I live in LA, but I’m not seeing much of this. Trash still gets collected twice a week around here. Many of the reports and nearly all of the linked media on the alleged rising disaster here in LA are focused on Downtown’s Skid Row. But that area has been a hotbed of noisome pestilence for a very long time.

I suppose that, with the homeless population growing there, the refuse level is rising and affecting all of downtown. That’s still a very small part of LA.

That said, I’ve stayed away from DTLA ever since my church moved from there to Glendale.

I guess what I’m saying is that much of the reportage seems overblown, from where I sit as a native and long-time resident of this city.

Maybe it’s a factor of the part of LA in which I live: Koreatown. Very few visible homeless. From what little I know of Korean culture, they seem less than sympathetic towards the homeless. Not a criticism; just an observation. I spend a lot of time in a small part of Glendale and there’s no evidence of a crisis there either. Armenians, Persians, and Russians; might be a factor of those cultures as well.

In other words, I’m not above the notion that my perspective about the problem may be skewed.

But I can say this for certain: the entirety LA has not become some horrid fantasy combo of trash and cooties, though I don’t doubt that some parts of my city have devolved. That’s how Democrats run their cities.

“Why don’t you go out and see for yourself and report?” I hear some of you say.

Well, I will … as soon as I get to the VA and get some shots. I try not to tempt God and I’m not interested in paying with my life for being wrong about the magnitude of the homeless problem here.

By the way, the type of reporting I plan is why the Magnificent Seven exists in the first place.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Follow her on FacebookTwitterMeWeGab, and Social Quodverum.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar or hit Juliette’s!

Update DTG: What does it say about the fruits of liberalism that an American vet in an American city has to think twice about doing reporting from said city because do so so risks their life?

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