November 8, 1992 |
Tucked away in the shadow of the County Jail, the William Mead Homes housing project has long been neglected and hurt by a reputation as a haven for violence, residents say. The project's 50-year history is rife with tales of shootings and stabbings caused by racial tensions among the ethnically diverse residents. But in the past few years, residents say things have changed for the better, with neighbors now helping each other and local children involved in positive activities.
April 11, 1993 |
Since the ABC supermarket on Pico and San Vicente burned down in last spring's riots, Mid-City residents came to rely on Eduardo Garcia, a friendly produce vendor who offered credit, accepted food stamps and sold fresh goods at low prices. Garcia was intent on helping those victimized by the disturbances. Last Wednesday night, he became a victim himself--shot and killed by two teen-agers who fled with only $18.
October 3, 1993 |
Gerardo Roman lives in a small two-bedroom apartment in the William Mead Homes housing project, an East L.A. development nicknamed "Dogtown" after a local gang. Few teen-agers from Dogtown try out for the Lincoln High football team, and even fewer survive an entire season. Said Coach Randy Rodriguez: "Some drop out of school because they have to get a job, and others quit because they get frustrated because they're not playing well."