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Skid Row, Los Angeles: A Photo Essay

by | 20th, October 2014

George Mendez, foreground, a 55-year-old recovering alcoholic, sits in front of a drunk woman in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. The area, originally agricultural until the 1870s when railroads first entered Los Angeles, has maintained a transient nature through the years from the influxes of short-term workers, migrants fleeing economic hardship during the Great Depression, military personnel during World War II and the Vietnam conflict, and low-skilled workers with limited transportation options who need to remain close to the city's core, according to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

 

SKID Row, Los Angeles a photo essay.

Skid Row was originally agricultural until the 1870s when railroads first entered Los Angeles. The are has maintained a transient nature through the years from the influxes of short-term workers, migrants fleeing economic hardship during the Great Depression, military personnel during World War II and the Vietnam conflict, and low-skilled workers with limited transportation options who need to remain close to the city’s core.

Skid Row houses the USA’s densest concentration of homeless people, mostly addicts, parolees, the mentally ill and disabled. Over 17,000 people live on the streets in  one of the world’s riches cities.

This is America’s shame:

 

 

e Hernandez, a homeless immigrant, stores material in a makeshift shelter where he sleeps, in November 2005 near downtown Los Angeles. Among the estimated 14,000 people who live in Skid Row there exists a small shadow population of homeless immigrants who bed down each nigh in parks, abandoned buildings and find refuge in camouflaged encampments under freeway overpasses and bridges. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Homeless immigrant Luis Hernandez, originally from Puebla, Mexico, walks past another homeless person, as he goes to work, Sept. 14, 2005, in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. Among the estimated 14,000 people who live in Skid Row there exists a small shadow population of homeless immigrants who bed down each nigh in parks, abandoned buildings and find refuge in camouflaged encampments under freeway overpasses and bridges. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Thirty year-old Steve Davis, homeless for three months in downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, June 4, 1987, displays a banner that emphasizes his feelings about the planned sweep of the Skid Row area by the police of those illegally encamped along sidewalks. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) elen Oliver calls this bench in Los Angeles' skid row home, May 13, 1985. Oliver, her cat and three dogs has been living on a park bench in Justiceville, a shantytown that was bulldozed by the city. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)

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Cesar Solozano, 60, left, a former homeless man and a recovering drug and alcohol addict, laughs while waiting to cross the street in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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In this Thursday, June 6, 2013 photo, job seekers apply for prospect employment positions at the 12th annual Mission career fair in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 343,000 the last week of June 2013, a sign that layoffs remain low and companies are adding a modest number of jobs. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) A homeless woman wears a wig while waiting for the start of a karaoke night outside a church in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Pastor Tony Stallworth, top center, a former homeless drug addict himself, leads a prayer session during a karaoke night at the Central City Community Church of the Nazarene in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Every Wednesday night the church is full of people from the neighborhood, where they sing, dance and laugh. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Trina Bohannan, a former homeless drug addict who now lives in a low-income apartment, sings along a song while ushering at a karaoke night at the Central City Community Church of the Nazarene in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Tricia Warren, 60, who has been homeless for three weeks due to financial problems, sings a song during a karaoke night for homeless people at the Central City Community Church of the Nazarene in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Every Wednesday night the church is full of people from the neighborhood where they sing, dance and laugh. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) In this Monday, May 6, 2013 file photo, a drug addict prepares a needle to inject himself with heroin in front of a church in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February 2014 spotlighted the reality that heroin is no longer limited to the back alleys of American life. Once mainly a city phenomenon, the drug has spread to the country and suburbs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) A 25-year-old homeless drug addict prepares a needle to inject himself with heroin in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, Thursday, April 25, 2013. It's not a rare scene on Skid Row to spot addicts using drugs in the open, even when police patrol the area. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) In this March 29, 2013, file photo, a homeless man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings across an intersection in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. Economists have long argued that rising economic inequality has held back the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession. Now, an analysis by the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s confirms it: The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has made the economy more prone to boom-bust cycles and held back the rebound from the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) Antoinette Theus, 45, who says she has been homeless for 30 years, drinks a can of soda in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Antoinette Theus, 45, who says she has been

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