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For downtown L.A.'s pedestrians, citations send a 'don't walk' signal
For downtown L.A.'s pedestrians, citations send a 'don't walk' signal

The raised red hand flashes as Eduardo Lopez darts into the crosswalk outside L.A.'s 7th Street Metro station. In one fluid movement, Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Lockhart fires up his black and white motorcycle and rumbles across Hope Street toward the 22-year-old college student, initiating a confrontation — a symbol, perhaps, of emerging tensions as the balance of power between walkers and drivers shifts in L.A.'s newly revitalized downtown. Lopez says he was running for a bus to make his first class at Glendale Community College and didn't hear Lockhart's order: "Don't go." Unmoved, Lockhart hands him a $197 ticket. Over the next...

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