First World city – Third World squalor. While all too many cities are in decline, Los Angeles may be the worst. And now LAPD cops are going down with the deadly disease typhus.
Los Angeles is overwhelmed by trash and rodents and is struggling to contain a typhoid fever outbreak linked to worsening sanitary conditions.
A decision to not cap the total amount of property that homeless people can keep on Skid Row was announced last Wednesday and it sparked fury among some officials who say it will ‘only perpetuate the public health crisis that already exists’ there.
That, coupled with the news a Los Angeles police detective has been diagnosed with typhoid fever, has sparked concern among LA’s residents.
The city has now said it will dispose of sofas, refrigerators and other large items in the 50-block area of downtown.
‘The city is sending a clear signal that we are turning the sidewalks in Skid Row into free, unlimited public storage, doing a disservice to the residents of Los Angeles, especially to those living on the streets.’
Images from the downtown area show trash piling up as workers struggle to keep the area sanitized. They are pictured wearing face masks among the dirt and grime.
Rows and rows of tents line the sidewalks of Skid Row in the sprawling 50-block area, home to around 4,200 homeless people, many in tents and shantytowns.
Some lie passed out in the street, seemingly from the effects of drugs as others are pictured lugging their property around, in search of the next spot to set up.