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Old 09-11-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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Has anyone seen the SKID ROW in downtown LA? All I can say is WOW! I thought I was in a third world country. I had never seen anything like this in America before and I have traveled extensively.

What other cities have a huge SKID ROW?
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:43 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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I don't know which is worse for the bums, and more annoying and unnerving for the rest of us -- places like LA where the homeless are very heavily invested in on area , or places like NYC, where they tend to be scattered on the trains, stoops and parks throughout the city. But I guess one thing that makes a difference is that LA never has the cold we do, so its possible for them to all congregate and not have to move.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:59 PM
 
Location: a bar
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I'm surprised to see western Mass has a higher percentage of homeless that eastern Mass.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:13 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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LA's skid row is really really bad. It's bad for a couple of reasons that I'm sure I am missing detail on. First thing I want to note is that this is a Federal Issue more than anything and as a nation we have not done enough to care of those who are less fortunate. In no particular order:

1. The lack of Mental Health care facilities in LA County and the fact that homeless/mentally ill must voluntarily check themselves into a mental health care facility unless they are deemed to be harmful to themselves or others.

2. The City of Los Angeles particularly in the Skid Row Area has the largest concentration of Homeless facilities in the country. Back in the day, somebody concluded that centralizing facilities was the best way for the homeless to have the care they need. I actually think this plan holds some merit, however....

3. Other cities in LA county are not compliant with County standards with respect to the number of homeless facilities each municipality should provide.

4. Perfect year-round temperatures

5. There is a lawsuit against a mental health care facility in Nevada that alleges that they gave mental health care patients one way tickets to Los Angeles when they had no family or reason to be in the area. I would not be surprised if this practice was widespread.

I'm sure there are many more reasons, but those are just some of the biggies.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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LA's skid row is really really bad. It's bad for a couple of reasons that I'm sure I am missing detail on. First thing I want to note is that this is a Federal Issue more than anything and as a nation we have not done enough to care of those who are less fortunate. In no particular order:

1. The lack of Mental Health care facilities in LA County and the fact that homeless/mentally ill must voluntarily check themselves into a mental health care facility unless they are deemed to be harmful to themselves or others.

2. The City of Los Angeles particularly in the Skid Row Area has the largest concentration of Homeless facilities in the country. Back in the day, somebody concluded that centralizing facilities was the best way for the homeless to have the care they need. I actually think this plan holds some merit, however....

3. Other cities in LA county are not compliant with County standards with respect to the number of homeless facilities each municipality should provide.

4. Perfect year-round temperatures

5. There is a lawsuit against a mental health care facility in Nevada that alleges that they gave mental health care patients one way tickets to Los Angeles when they had no family or reason to be in the area. I would not be surprised if this practice was widespread.

I'm sure there are many more reasons, but those are just some of the biggies.
LA's skid row is just scary to me. It's so sad there.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:00 PM
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Yup, LA.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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I think it was either Stockton or Fresno but I remember hearing about a community of homeless under a big bridge. San Francisco and even Santa Monica had a ton of homeless people in my opinion too.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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LA has enough homeless to fill a city all on its own!
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