New York Times Reports on Safe Los Angeles

On March 3, 2010, the New York Times ran an online op/ed piece in the Opinionator section of its blog entitled “L.A. Consequential,” by Tim Egan, that highlights how safe Los Angeles has become and the reasons behind a lingering perception problem that aren’t consistent with the reality of the dramatically reduced crime rates in the City of Angels. 

The entire article can be found at  LA Consequential article on the safe streets of Los Angeles 

Here are a few excerpts…

LOS ANGELES — Not since the Beach Boys were in peach fuzz and crew cuts has it been so safe to live and play in the City of Angels. Believe it: you are more likely to be murdered in Columbus, Ohio, or Tulsa, Okla., than in the nation’s second most populous city…

…“You have to go back to 1957 — when I was four years old! — to find a similar period,” Charlie Beck, the Los Angeles police chief, was telling me. “How crazy is that?”…

…homicide is down nearly 80 percent through this year, and overall violent crime has taken a similar plunge. In 2008, the last year for full F.B.I. statistics, even Omaha, Neb., had a slightly higher murder rate than L.A.

And the trend continues: murder in L.A. is now down 50 percent from the relatively placid levels of two years ago. At this rate, blood-chasing local television news stations will have to import footage from other cities to uphold their reputation for practicing the nation’s worst and silliest local reporting…

…Nationwide, the story of crime falling to half-century lows is an ongoing miracle. How New York went from the crack-addled days to tourist theme park is well known. But it’s a pattern that’s been repeated all over the United States, with the exception of a few hard patches — cities like New Orleans, Detroit and Baltimore…

…He says these are among the best years ever. Los Angeles is on a pace for about 230 murders this year, in a city of nearly 4 million people. And the department clears — solves and prosecutes — more than 80 percent of the homicides, well above the national average for big cities…

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