A View Of Life From Skid Row

In the first of a five-part series, columnist Steve Lopez takes readers on a tour of Los Angeles' skid row, through the eyes of a paramedic.

"At night, crack-addled prostitutes trick in and out of Porta-Potties down the street. Amputees roll by in wheelchairs. Dealers brazenly peddle slow death. Chavez once watched an argument turn into a knife fight directly across the street from Station 9. The loser, his throat slashed, crossed the road for help, then collapsed and died in the firehouse driveway."

Full Story: Demons Are Winning on Skid Row

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