Oooh, this is a tough one because – in a sense – we brought both these curses on ourselves.
L.A. has the worst air in the United States because, by and large:
- We got addicted to cars early and permanently
- We then engineered one of the nation’s great public transit systems (the Red Car) out of existence
- We’re too lazy/busy/cheap/classist to use existing public transit, bikes or other alternative transportation, and
- Damn, we do like owning vintage V8s, gas-powered leaf-blowers and one of the largest, most diesel-spewing ports on the planet …
On the other hand: L.A. has the largest population of homeless citizens in the U.S. because, by and large:
- We’ve done a lousy job of spending Prop. 63 funds on effective mental health programs
- We let Skid Row develop over the years and only recently started getting serious about funding enough cops to stem the flow of street drugs that keep a lot of addicts addicted … and homeless
- Our institutions have a nasty habit of dumping people right back on the Row instead of finding them help, and
- What the hell, living on the street is okay in L.A. because it’s mostly warm and nice here, due in no small part to global warming, which we can lay partly at the feet of our … smog problem.
Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
Decisions, decisions …