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Clean skid row's streets, but then house the homeless
Clean skid row's streets, but then house the homeless

The organizers of Operation Healthy Streets, a newly revamped version of an existing Los Angeles city program, vow that filthy skid row streets will be scoured every other month (and spot-cleaned in between) and that city and county outreach workers will be dispatched on a more regular basis to help some of the estimated 3,400 homeless people who sleep in that 50-block area on a typical night. Some advocates see this as little more than a ruse to dislodge the homeless and discourage them from returning to the downtown area, which is rapidly gentrifying. City and county officials need to prove them wrong. There are certainly services, even basic necessities, that homeless people could use...

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