Which to believe? The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times presented detailed, but contrasting, reports this month on the status of Los Angeles, notes Grumpy Editor.
The Journal headline proclaimed, "In L.A., Downtown Looks up.” The Times, on the othert hand, cited a report that finds Los Angeles in decline.
The Journal’s subhead read: “A rising star is found downtown, a former wasteland now awash in luxury condos and upscale retail.” The story pointed out, “Demand for luxury housing downtown is approaching an all-time high as the area’s population soars, nearly tripling over the past 14 years to 52,400 people, according to the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.”
Along with interior photos of expensive condos and exteriors of soaring high rises, The Journal, noted “developers are struggling to keep up with the influx of new residents.” It quoted a real estate research firm consultant saying, “Now, there are young people walking their dogs, families with strollers, restaurants teeming with people.”
On the other hand, The Times presented a different view, highlighted by a staff photo of makeshift tents, shopping carts and other belongings of the homeless lining a downtown Los Angeles sidewalk in the shadow of modern skyscrapers.
It spotlighted a Los Angeles 2020 Commission report that “presented a catalog of failures that it said were a unique burden to the city: widespread poverty and job stagnation, huge municipal pension obligations, a struggling port and tourism industry, and paralyzing traffic…”
Continuing with information from the commission, The Times added, “Los Angeles is barely treading water, while the rest of the world is moving forward. We risk falling further behind in adapting to the realities of the 21st century and becoming a city in decline.”
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