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Dennis P. Zine
A case study in L.A.'s crumbling infrastructure
A case study in L.A.'s crumbling infrastructure

If there were a poster child for the state of municipal services in Los Angeles, it would be a beleaguered Louise Bianco of Tarzana. Mrs. Bianco, 86, is no slave to the sofa. She gets up and goes, every morning, despite visual impairment, hip replacements, a bad knee and wobbly balance. Unable to drive a car, she straps on a helmet and takes her three-wheel bicycle out for a one-hour workout to start the day, then uses the same bike to run errands or go to her fitness class at Pierce College. "I have 14,922 miles on my odometer," she told me Monday morning as she pedaled from her backyard to the alley behind her house, where she has lived for 59 years. But that alley...

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