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"The water did have a funny taste," Sabrina Baugh told CNN on Wednesday. She and her husband used the water for eight days.
"We never thought anything of it," the British woman said. "We thought it was just the way it was here."
What she described was not normal.
"The shower was awful," she said. "When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal."
Tourists at a Los Angeles hotel bathed and drank with water from a tank in which a woman's body likely was decomposing for two weeks.
That is DISGUSTING!
I used to live a block away from this place. It is on the edge of one of the worst parts of downtown proper and one of several "hotels" that are really crack dens - the bad part about this place in particular is that they cleaned up the lobby and then advertised themselves to European travelers as more of a "hostel."
I've been following the story of the missing tourist for the last couple of weeks. I doubt anyone ever even started to think about looking in the cisterns.
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Me too! This area was actually getting better. There were a bunch of restaurants and a Pussy and Pooch right down the street from this place. I remember it was looking a lot better, but I agree it was still kind of seedy. It wasn't as bad as the Hotel Huntington which used to be right across from my loft on 8th and Spring. The police used to raid that place fairly frequently and I remember at least one murder there.
LA needs to clear out all the homeless shelters/hotels in downtown and spread them out through the city. The current situation creates a den of crime and hard drug use right on he street. It's a public health issue and permits need to be pulled. We've dedicated one of LA's most beautiful neigborhoods to being a shit hole.
Downtown has a lot of residents, but what it needs now is middle- and high-end retail and you aren't going to get that when you have dead tourists getting stuffed into water tanks or bums hanging out in front of shops dealing crack and/or spreading drug-resistant TB. One time I turned a corner into a highly trafficked alley only to literally come face to face with a very agitated homeless lady who had her skirt hiked in order to keep it out of the MASSIVE STREAM OF DIARRHEA that she was blasting against the wall. This was in the middle of the day. You think that Trader Joes or Apple wants to deal with that?
I am also convinced that the shelters and the looney bins have a shared schedule on which they are all required to turn over their inhabitants to create space. Living downtown for a couple of years, I was never surprised to run into the random crazy, but there seemed to be one day a month where you would go outside and it was like an episode of The Walking Dead with fucking nutjobs just stumbling around EVERYWHERE.
Downtown was ok when I first moved there but I got tired of it pretty quickly and now that I moved away, I hate it.
Dude, the way you describe this is hilarious. I was almost assaulted by high/crazy homeless people in Downtown so many times. I have fond memories of Downtown, but I agree it was too much after living there over five years. We love living in the SF Peninsula and would never go back. The crime, drugs, and filth are too much to handle.
I really loved The Walking Dead comment. My favorite show in years and the comparison is very appropriate.
In the reckless years of my youth, 8th street was the place to score hard drugs at reasonable prices, 24 hours a day. Even when I was I high I thought that area was a dump!!!
I remember downtown as horrible. Then they built some nice residences there. I could not figure out who would want to live there.
I would move to SF in a heartbeat but my wife's work precludes that, at least in the near- to mid-term. I will probably catch flak for saying this but I think SF is hands-down better than LA in pretty much every category I can think of, except perhaps fast-food availability.
Downtown changed a lot once they built Staples and revised the zoning laws to allow adaptive re-use of all the older office buildings. The residential population has exploded and there are a lot of hot new bars and restaurants. It is great for young people and young-ish people who work downtown. Unfortunately, the city is not doing much about the homeless/drug problem in the area and I think that is keeping downtown from really tipping over into really being a desirable, nice community.
I do not share your opinion, but why would you catch flak for that? From conservatives that do not like how liberal SF is?
That does sound like it changed a lot since I lived in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
You are right on. Bay Area beats LA by a long shot. LA is better than SF for daily fare ethnic food - Japanese, Korean, Thai, Persian, Mexican. SF is probably a bit better for fine dining.
I believe the traffic and distance traveled in LA really affects people. People are always in a rush or pissed off.
Things up here are way more accessible and people are generally more laid back.
There is just a weird SF-hate thing going on around this board and its predecessors. Some of it is politics but I've also encountered people who just cannot fathom that someone does not absolutely LOVE going to the beach and would rather live in slightly cooler climes.
I'm not a fan of SF, but I love my friends their. I wished we lived closer so I could see them more. Inversely they don't like LA that much lol.
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