The Times podcast: Fast cars, furious residents

Street takeover
An early morning street takeover at Compton Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in east Compton takes on a festive atmosphere with a crowd numbering in the hundreds watching.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Street takeovers. Street races. Burnouts. They’re the latest manifestations of car culture in the region — cousins to the drag races, lowrider cruises, V-dub love-ins and other gear-head gatherings that’ve gone on here for decades. But what you’re seeing right now — a lot of people say the scene feels different. And some people say the film franchise “Fast & Furious” is to blame.


In a region where car culture is king and stunts are all over social media, residents, politicians and law enforcement have had enough. Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times reporter Nathan Solis

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