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I got this shot from a fire escape on the USC campus. [MORE]
Los Angeles
Most of the tall buildings that form the L.A. skyline were built by financial institutions as monuments to their own hubris. [MORE]
L.A. Skyline
This lovely "river" is called the Dominguez Channel.
Dominguez Channel
I found this surreal wall fragment in some industrial ruins a couple miles south of downtown L.A.
Wall Fragment
Colorful graffiti adorns this disintegrating building two and a half miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Graffiti
In 2000, one-fifth of the people in Los Angeles were living in poverty. [MORE]
Homeless in Hollywood
This is an encampment of urban nomads just east of downtown Los Angeles. [MORE]
Homeless Camp
This photo was shot in the eastern part of downtown Los Angeles. [MORE]
On the Street
Before the Europeans arrived, there was a village called Yang-na where downtown Los Angeles now stands. In 1781 Spanish California's military governor founded a settlement nearby that he called El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles. Apparently, he wasn't big on catchy names.

I lived in L.A. between 1976 and 1994. I didn't shoot a lot of film during those years, but occasionally I would get inspired and burn a few rolls. I'm particularly attracted to images of urban decay and social disintegration, as you can see by many of the photos on this page.

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DECAY IN LOS ANGELES

POVERTY AND POWER

THE POOR ARE COMING TO YOUR TOWN


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L.A. in Pictures
"An In Depth Picture Guide created on what L.A. REALLY has to offer."

Los Angeles Almanac
"The most comprehensive source of facts and statistics about Los Angeles and Los Angeles County on the Internet."

Art Crimes: The Writing on the Wall
A gallery of graffiti art and style writing from cities around the world.

WorldWideWriters.Org
News, videos, forums and lots of graffiti from around the world.

Spare Some Change?
Developed and maintained by an ex-homeless Canadian, this site provides links and "the World's first Homeless Search Engine so homeless people and poverty/low-income families may help themselves by finding the resources providing the help they need."

U.S. Census Bureau-Poverty
Census Bureau data on poverty in America.

Beyond Blade Runner: Urban Control and The Ecology of Fear
In this pamphlet written after the 1991 L.A. riots, Mike Davis (City of Quartz) extrapolates a nightmarish future for Los Angeles based on current trends: mini-citadels for the old and rich, free fire zones for the young and poor, social control districts, toxic waste regions, simulated urban enclaves for tourist consumption, increasing repression, class warfare and terrorism.

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