Thanks to the newly launched LA Gangtours you have a better option then just aimlessly driving around in neighborhoods you really have no business being in. This past weekend they held their first tour, and for $65 a person participants were given front row seats to the location of historic gang related events, and LA’s many lock ups. City Councilman Dennis Zine told ABC News “It’s a terrible idea. Is it worth that thrill for 65 bucks? You can go to a (gang) movie for a lot less and not put yourself at risk.” But I think it’s a brilliant idea for just that very reason.
There are a large group of people, LA residents and not, who have no idea what gang culture is other than what is shown to them in hollywood movies, and we all know how completely accurate those are. And like it or not, gang culture is a huge part of what makes LA what it is. It surrounds all of us all the time, yet a lot of people have no idea. This isn’t simply a spectator sport, it’s an education. Founded by Alfred Lomas, an ex F13 member himself, “The objective is to create jobs for the residents of South Central, Los Angeles; to give profits from the tours back to these areas for economic growth and development, provide job/entrepreneur training, micro-financing opportunities and to specialize in educating people from around the world about the Los Angeles inner city lifestyle, gang involvement and solutions.”
I totally want to take this tour.