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NPR Series Takes Nuanced Look at Life on Skid Row

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at 11:23AM
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General Jeff Page and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph during a December basketball game at Gladys Park that pitted the Skid Row 3 on 3 All Stars against LAPD.

This week, NPR's Morning Edition is running a three-part look at life on Skid Row. The series' first two installments have done a better job than most at presenting the complexity of life on Skid Row: it's a neighborhood, it's a place for recovery it's a place for business and, for decades, it's been a place of lawlessness.

Skid Row's portrayal in the media has long suffered from its one-dimensionality. The neighborhood's problems are deep and complex, but it also has more life and positive work going on than is typically shown.

Part one focuses on the history of the area, giving a look at the forces that created today's Skid Row.

Part two looks at the Safer Cities Initiative, including a walk around the neighborhood with LAPD Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph.

Also part of the second story is a slideshow narrated by General Jeff Page, who has been heavily involved in neighborhood efforts like the Skid Row 3 on 3 basketball league.

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