Reason TV: The crack epidemic plaguing the city of Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a serious crack epidemic on it’s hands that’s causing many complaints around the city. They have a way to solve the problem, but it’s very expensive and citizens are now offering to help to avoid the city wasting so much money:


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  • martha chandler

    Why am I not surprised.

  • BeyondPolls

    Hey, looks like trees are causing all that crack damage. Call the environmentalists!

    But seriously, we don’t absolutely have to have sidewalks. They’re a luxury, not a right.

    • clockwindingdown

      Actually in most city charters sidewalks is one of the major reasons for taxation. The problem arises in part from the “green” issues of tree’s or drainage typically. The root system as a tree matures lift the side walk panels. In addition the money raised through taxes (usually property tax) for sidewalks is being funneled to minority groups (vs public as a whole) to gain support to win future elections.

      The problem, as most always seems to be the case, is corrupt politicians and shifting the “resources”, read that as taxes, away from the primary sources into pet projects.

      It is not uncommon to see cities charging people that are remodeling their homes to also fix or install sidewalks as part of the remodel. It is very common for astute tax payers to look into the city bylaws and charters and find their property taxes are already collected in part specifically for sidewalk installation, repair and maintenance. When presented with these facts at city council meetings a city typically backs down quickly before lawsuits are filed, sometimes even council members are replaced…

      • BeyondPolls

        Yeah, I figured that’s why the sidewalks were lifting up, which is why I was wondering what the enviromaniacs thought about the situation.
        Yup, that’s the Chicago way to buy elections.

  • Somebody make an app for that!

  • Sober_Thinking

    Cracks me up…

    How interesting that private citizens can do it better and far cheaper than the government.

    Kudos to Reason TV for this. 🙂

    • warpmine

      Sure they can but then again, somebody, I mean a campaign contributor, will lose out on $10 Million dollar contract to roam around the city and do virtually nothing in terms of physical labor all day. You wouldn’t want that to happen, would you?

      • Sober_Thinking

        No… I guess it would be bad to take the silver spoon out of the union member’s children’s mouths.

  • KittyAmerica

    No money left for what government should do after we’ve spent it trying to school the uneducable and providing housing, medical care, etc for the third world immigrants.

  • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

    Los Angeles has plenty of revenue – just needs a total demo and makeover. Bill Whittle for mayor.

    • Conniption Fitz

      Controlled demolition and rebuilding the ‘Right’ (conservative) way.

      • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

        Absolutely, including union eradication.

        • warpmine

          The correct way to do it, famed economist, Paul Krugman, would prefer a massive earthquake ranging at 9.0+, would allow the government of LA to garner billions in Federal aid to rebuild the city and thus fixing the sidewalks will be just part of the rebuilding job. Never mind the hundreds of thousands of dead and homeless, Paul says it will stimulate the economy and that’s all anyone(liberals) really cares about.

  • Rocco11

    Amazing how many Liberal strongholds are hellholes, what a coincidence…

  • Kelly60

    lol…I’m so sorry Scoop….lolololol

    I was thinking of something else entirely.

    • tinlizzieowner

      They have had that kind of a problem for decades too. 😉

  • bbitter

    LEGALIZE CRACK! …wait… oh. Yeah, whatever.

    You know, the only thing worse than common sense to liberals is decentralized solutions.
    This guy is like kryptonite dipped in cyanide to the LA political machine.

  • chatterbox365

    Los Angeles is a total sh*thole and it’s been under liberal leadership for decades.

  • Reynolds88

    In Phila and suburbs we have no cracks. Every little crack is honed down with a cement file of some kind, then the corner edges are replaced with rubbery sloped inclines to mollify the ADA requirements. In fact, the Phila (unwritten) motto is: if it is worth doing, it is worth doing twice (or three times!). This keeps everyone employed, especially around election years!

  • Brilliant idea accept the Unions Don’t Want No Stinking SKabs Taken Over Der Terrortorie and Drivendown Da Price of Da Contrats!

    • tinlizzieowner


  • bobemakk

    Sure, pot is legal there and no matter what some fools think, pot leads to more lethal drug use.