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A really interest personal essay on gang life

Regular readers know that criminality, in general, and gangs, in particular, are major interests of mine. It’s kind of unavoidable, when you manage buildings in gentrifying neighborhoods. If, like me, you’re interested in why people join gangs and how gang life has changed in LA over time, take a look at this personal essay in

Another flare-up in Boyle Heights

Am pretty sensitive to the concerns of many in Boyle Heights regarding gentrification, particularly after our whole blown-up bike tour. Still, can’t help but feel like chasing an opera company and a walking tour out of the neighborhood is conduct unbecoming of what appears to be an otherwise quite-thoughtful group of citizens. I know the

An irritating injunction

Per Curbed, a federal judge has just issued an injunction blocking the city from confiscating the property of homeless people on Skid Row. His argument is that the city is not doing a good job of distinguishing between trash and valuable items (identification documents, medicine, etc.). On the face of it, the judge’s argument makes

Attack of the zombie street dedications

All over the city, there are zombie street dedications increasing the cost of housing. Wait… what? (You say.) A street dedication is how the city responds to old, narrow streets that don’t meet modern standards. It can’t start ripping down peoples’ buildings and taking away their front yards (well, it could, but that would require

Some misguided thinking about rents in Highland Park

Just read this interview with the president of the Highland Park Neighborhood Council and it’s making me kind of mad. Before I get into “why”, I want to begin by acknowledging Ms. Alcaraz’s hard work on behalf of the whole neighborhood. Running a neighborhood council is no joke; it’s hard, important, often thankless work for

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