LA's Worst Corner

In his second and third installments, columnist Steve Lopez meets the people who live and work on one of the city's worst corners on Skid Row.
October 18, 2005, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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A few hours after a homeless guy named Virgil died of an overdose in the portable toilet, the blue plastic outhouse at 6th and San Julian streets was back in business. Not as a toilet, but as a house of prostitution.

...Sights like this are common on L.A.'s skid row, a rock-bottom depository and national embarrassment. A place where disease, abuse, crime and hard-luck misery are on public display and have been for years, conveniently out of sight and mind for most Angelenos. No matter how many times I go in, I come out shocked all over again."

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Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 in The Los Angeles Times
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