The release of about 17 million gallons of untreated sewage from the city of Los Angeles’ largest treatment plant closed miles of beaches to swimming from the LAX area to El Segundo Monday, officials said. A power outage Sunday night caused sewage from the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey to spill into […]
In 1993, a Time cover story asked, “Is Los Angeles going to hell?” The city was still reeling from the Rodney King riots, still gripped by gang violence, still mired in the crack epidemic. For the third year in a row, more than 1,000 men and women would be murdered within the city’s jagged borders. And so the question wasn’t complete hyperbole.
And then a funny thing happened: crime started to tick steadily downward, not only in L.A. but across the nation. Social scientists struggled to explain the unexpected shift.