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12-05-09, 08:28 AM #1
Giving tourists a look at gang culture
A group of civic activists is preparing to offer bus tours of some of the grittiest pockets of the city, with profits funneled back into the community. Some of the particulars are raising eyebrows.
A group of civic activists, united by faith and a belief that the poor economy in the interior of Los Angeles is a social injustice, is preparing to offer bus tours of some of the grittiest pockets of the city, including decayed public housing, sites of deadly shootouts and streets ravaged by racial unrest.
After a VIP preview last weekend, L.A. Gang Tours expects to open to the public in January, giving tourists a look at the cradle of the nation's gang culture -- the birthplace of many of the city's gangs, including Crips and Bloods, Florencia 13 and 18th Street.
"This is ground zero for a lot of the bad in this city. It could be ground zero for a lot of the good too," said Alfred Lomas, a former Florencia member who has become a leading gang intervention worker in South Los Angeles and is spearheading the tours. "This is true community empowerment."
The nonprofit group plans to offer two-hour tours at an initial cost of $65 per adult, with profits funneled (remember these words) back into the community through jobs, "franchised" tours in new areas and micro-loans to inner-city entrepreneurs. Early routes will focus largely on South L.A., with forays through Watts and Florence-Firestone.
Giving tourists a look at gang culture -- latimes.comDo not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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12-05-09, 08:59 AM #2
It's all fun and games until some tourist gets killed by the gang members whose turf they were "touring".
12-05-09, 10:12 AM #3
$65 to get on the bus.
$650 to get off!the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
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12-05-09, 10:32 AM #4
My buddy who's an SRO went to a gang conference in Chicago. They did something similar (a bus tour) through the South Side, Cabrini Green, etc. He said the response from residents wasn't exactly friendly. People throwing bricks and bottles at the bus, shouting "This ain't the zoo, motherfuckers," etc. Funny stuff, and I can't say I blame the area residents."If anything worthwhile comes of this tragedy, it should be the realization by every citizen that often the only thing that stands between them and losing everything they hold dear... is the man wearing a badge." -- Ronald Reagan, in the wake of the deaths of 4 CHP troopers in the Newhall Incident, 1970
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12-05-09, 05:45 PM #5
Sounds like another episode of hug-a-thug to me.
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12-05-09, 06:21 PM #6
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12-07-09, 12:43 AM #8
I wonder how long before the bus gets held up or shot at'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
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possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
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12-07-09, 10:31 AM #9
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat
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12-07-09, 11:46 AM #10
In 1989, I had the opportunity to spend two lovely weeks in L.A. We were looking at a bunch of stuff as well as the gang scene and their units. LAPD and LASO. I was invited to go on a high risk search warrant in east LA with the SO's OSS guys. I knew I was in for an experience when I arrived at the SO substation and saw the uniformed OSS guys wearing TWO pistols in a double holster rig!!!
I have never seen such a place....I was armed to the teeth courtesy of my dept and the OSS guys and I still felt lke a sitting duck. Bus tours through that area is a fricking JOKE!!!
Good luck, dudes.
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