Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Johny Williams, a homeless LA gentleman being wheeled into a service center near Skid Row. Believe it or not, this photo was taken by the LAPD, who have been trying to bring charges against city orgs for illegal "dumping." You can read more about the charges here.
In the 1980s, massive cuts to health and human services and reductions in affordable housing stock nationwide, not to mention the advent of the retail era, caused this country's homeless population to grow exponentially, reaching levels previously unimagined in this country. Somethings never change. Some things only get worse.
LA is a disaster waiting to happen. Ask anyone who's been to Skid Row – they will tell you stories of homeless camps that stretch from block to block, housing (maybe hundreds of) thousands of human beings. It's nothing that can be effectively written about. It must be seen.
LA is a monolith symbolizing the terrifying trends being set in North American poverty. One would do well to pay attention to this growing cancer. It is alive, it can be spoken to, and it puts a face to something that's too easy to ignore.