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Paul Koretz
When City Hall has to fight itself
When City Hall has to fight itself

First, it was something I wrote. Then, it was something I read. In a recent "Patt Morrison Asks" column, I spoke with George L. Kelling, the co-father of the “broken windows” community policing tactic, the idea that a small problem of neighborhood disorder might snowball into a large one of neighborhood danger and decline if it’s unchecked by police and the community. And then I read Emily Alpert Reyes’ and David Zahniser’s story about developers promising the city of Los Angeles just about anything to get their projects approved, and then blowing off the promises once they’d gotten a green light. Alpert Reyes and Zahniser found examples of...

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