Drivers often pay no attention to crosswalks or carelessly enter crowded intersections. It really shouldn’t come as a shock that, in a city reputed to lack walkers, cars frequently come to a complete stop over marked crossings at intersections, leaving pedestrians to walk around said car and into traffic. This same kind of driver is also known for impatiently entering busy intersections just as the light turns red and getting stuck, thus becoming a roadblock to traffic in either direction.
Gang violence, unfortunately, needs few words to justify its inclusion among the worst things about Los Angeles. But here’s some figures anyway:
Conservative analysts estimate that as many as 40,000 people belong to the 700 or so gangs in the city of L.A. Countywide, there may be as many as 1,200 gangs with 80,000 members. The material cost of their criminality may be as much as $2 billion a year; the human toll in lives lost or deformed defies calculation. [Tim Rutten, Feb. 27, 2008, LA Times]
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