September 3, 2010 |
Kendrick Harris, a high school dropout who has been homeless and jobless, has had more pressing things to worry about than the environment. But in the last year the 22-year-old South Los Angeles resident has planted community gardens, cleaned up abandoned industrial sites and learned how to install solar panels. "Not knowing where I was going to sleep at night, the last thing in my head was going green," Harris said recently as he helped weatherize a 75-year-old stucco home near Lincoln Heights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 |
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 13 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Eight neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Arleta (A) was the most unusual, recording five reports compared with a weekly average of 1.4 over the last three months. Elysian Valley (I) topped the list of five neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded three property crimes compared with its weekly average of 1.2 over the last three months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2010 |
Serious gang-related crime has tumbled 40% over the last three years in the troubled neighborhoods surrounding the sites of Summer Night Lights, Los Angeles' park program designed to curb violence, newly assembled police data show. This was the third summer that City Hall has run Summer Night Lights, offering recreational activities, mentoring and counseling programs, meals and other services at parks and public housing complexes. Launched in the summer of 2008, Summer Night Lights expanded to 24 sites this year.
October 20, 2011 |
People who move from a poor neighborhood to a better-off one could end up thinner and healthier than those who stay behind, according to an urban housing experiment that tracked low-income residents in five major cities for 10 to 15 years. The research, set up by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, shows that health is closely linked to the environments people live in — and that social policies to change those environments or move people away from blighted areas could be a key tactic in fighting the "diabesity" epidemic.
October 9, 2005 |
If you choose to live in a way-out suburban subdivision, are you more likely to get fat? A number of planners, health officials and others have complained in recent years that sprawl discourages walking and, therefore, encourages obesity. But two researchers from Oregon State University looked at the relationship between sprawl and neighborhood choice, based on residents' weight. They concluded there's no real connection between living in the boonies and becoming overweight.