Saturday, January 16, 2010

Markets in Everything: L.A. Gang Tours for $65

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Only miles from the scenic vistas and celebrity mansions that draw sightseers from around the globe - but a world away from the glitz and glamour - a bus tour is rolling through the dark side of the city's gang turf.

Passengers paying $65 a head Saturday signed waivers acknowledging they could be crime victims and put their fate in the hands of tattooed ex-gang members who say they have negotiated a cease-fire among rivals in the most violent gangland in America.

If that sounds daunting, consider the challenge facing organizers of
LA Gang Tours: trying to build a thriving venture that provides a glimpse into gang life while also trying to convince people that gang-plagued communities are not as hopeless as movies depict."

HT: Steve Parks

Note: First tour sold out.


At 1/16/2010 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Homicide is down 50% in LA since the defacto marijuana legalization. Besides, gangs tend to kill their own far more than they ever kill an outsider.

At 1/16/2010 7:19 PM, Blogger juandos said...

From the LA Weekly for what its worth...

Bratton: L.A. Is as Safe as 1956
Except the chief is manipulating numbers and acting like a politician

At 1/17/2010 4:34 AM, Anonymous Dick Tracy said...

Ok, I'll give you credit for this "Markets in Everything."

Unlike previous posts, this is actually a market.

At 1/17/2010 5:46 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Capitalism in a Free Market Economy
may cause you to be hurt maimed or killed or it might be entertaining.

At 1/17/2010 4:01 PM, Blogger Shawn said...

...but it all happens if you choose it, most of the time. In a socialist economy, you're just screwed no matter what you (can't) choose. ;)

At 1/17/2010 4:46 PM, Blogger KO said...

LA murder rate hit 40 year low

Why? As you'd expect, more effective law enforcement. Turns out if you put murderers in jail, they stop murdering fellow citizens. Good that the media might be catching on. I remember reading a headline a few years ago that said something like "High Incarceration Rate In Spite of Decrease in Crime." Which most normal people would write as "High Incarceration Rate Leads to Decrease in Crime."

"Detectives in the field offer many reasons for the ongoing drop in murders – the end of the crack epidemic for one.

But they also cite longer prison sentences and a focused effort by local, state and federal authorities to go after the most violent gangs that account for upwards of two-thirds of murders.

"I think we’ve arrested and put away a lot of the main killers, especially in South Central L.A.," said Detective Young Mun.

Technology’s helped, too – surveillance cameras and DNA evidence help identify suspects who previously might have gone on to murder again. "


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