On a weekend we started again to go down to Koreatown for food.
Before the pandemic we went all over the city to find great things to eat, places to explore, neighborhoods to walk around.
Now you drive along the Hollywood Freeway and there are piles of garbage up and down the hills, tent encampments, trees set afire, just absolute utter appalling destitution.
At the Western Avenue off ramp, this trash has been like this for perhaps five years, so it pre-dates, by many years, the great excuse of the pandemic.
Last Saturday there were two men drinking beer inside the trash heap.
Yet these two photos show only a glimmer of what else exists, everywhere.
There are tents, campers, cars, RVs, trucks, along more streets in Los Angeles.
And the freeway is a camping zone, a place where hundreds are sleeping.
How can this be?
What state and what city would tolerate this?
Nobody benefits from it. Not the poor, not the homeless, not the mentally ill.
And not the 99% of Californians who live here.