Getting through the night
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Getting through the night
Getting through the night
One man injects himself while another sleeps in a wheelchair near 7th and San Julian Place. Dealers can be seen night or day talking business; fights on skid row are not infrequent. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Mayoral visit
Mayoral visit
Antonio Villaraigosa, left, meets Lucille Reid, 36, and Charles Muldrew, 59, on a recent trip to skid row. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Cramped quarters
Cramped quarters
TJ sits inside the portable toilet on skid row where she sleeps, changes clothes and entertains. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Camped out
Camped out
People take refuge in the Midnight Mission’s entrance near 6th and San Julian streets. The overflow area contains heaters, lights and bathrooms. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Under the night sky
Under the night sky
The homeless try to sleep under the glare of lights in the courtyard at the front entrance at the downtown Midnight Mission. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Street life
Street life
William Jefferson, 55, tries to dry out his blankets on 5th Street after being caught in the rain. Thousands of the homeless are camped out within a few city blocks containing assistance agencies and facilities in downtown Los Angeles. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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