I met a friend for drinks last night who lives in “the neighborhood” with me. We tease each other over the name of our locale. I claim Skid Row proudly- my friend likes to think of us as “Little Tokyo adjacent”. Whatever our neighborhood gets called, one thing is now confirmed- we have too much human waste in our streets. Our talk turned towards the recent LA County Health report for Skid Row and we discussed historical precedence for what happens when too much raw human sewage is left out in the open in large cities and the disease that inevitably follows.
I found the below piece this morning about the sewers of early London starting in the 1500’s by Mary Gayman.
Let history be our teacher here.