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Pass Proposition HHH, but don’t think money alone will end homelessness in Los Angeles

Pass Proposition HHH, but don’t think money alone will end homelessness in Los Angeles

The 52 square blocks that make up Skid Row are not the sort of thing you see in blown-up photographs by the baggage claim at LAX. When the Lakers play on Christmas Day, the TV commercial breaks don’t feature stylized montages of SRO hotels and semi-permanent tent villages packed with thousands of the city’s least fortunate. The Los Angeles Marathon and CicLAvia, wisely perhaps, never slice down San Pedro or Fifth Street.

Frankly, most of us would prefer not to discuss, visit or even acknowledge Skid Row. It’s the neighborhood-sized rug beneath which our society’s shortcomings have been swept. It’s an embarrassment, a de facto reservation where a largely...

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