STEAMROLLED: Skid Row/DTLA and the TB scare by Tom Grode

One of two things happened.  Either the County contacted the CDC and the way it then unfolded was stunningly incompetent.  Or this began with a County whistleblower with the sound of the whistle directed simultaneously towards the CDC and Los Angeles Times.

Stunningly incompetent because you start the process of informing the public by contacting local leadership, in this case possibly City Hall, DLANC, the large Skid Row Missons, and the Downtown News.  From there it spreads to the L.A. Times and perhaps to national media through laughing or is it someone coughing repeatedly into your face.  Instead we got Los Angeles Times then Wall Street Journal then local leadership.

A County whistle blower out of frustration over County negligence with Tuberculosis in Skid Row during the past several years.

My point is to not accuse anyone of anything (since I can’t prove anything).  My point is to suggest this whole situation, whatever is actually going on, illustrates the following dynamic……..

Most of the money for DTLA building renovation up to the economic downtown of 2009 came from Southern California sources, but now a huge new wave of development money is coming from New York and overseas.  And so Downtown better become the reflection of a great orchestra  –  different sounds but in harmony. If not, this new wave of money will steamroll DTLA.

As for this going from the Los Angeles Times on Thursday to the Wall Street Journal the following day and the Downtown News at some point in the future, I could say Welcome to the New Downtown Los Angeles.  But that would be premature (I hope).

By Tom Grode

Blogger’s note: The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Trees on San Pedro Street Project editrix, Ms. McNenny. This is a Community improvement blog and not faith-based.

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