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The City of Los Angeles is not the dirtiest place on Earth, but its "international image is threatened" by the "constant state of uncleanliness" in some neighborhoods.  That's according to City Hall's top insider, who's trying to locate the worst places and provide residents with resources for cleanup campaigns — as well as improving enforcement of anti-dumping laws.

Also, toll lanes on local "freeways" are supposed to speed up rush-hour traffic, but so many drivers are willing to pay that it's slowing down. 

Photo: Eva the Weaver

Producers:
Christine Detz
Evan George

It's Time for Los Angeles to Clean Up Its Act 16 MIN, 21 SEC

Los Angeles has 1000 trashcans to cover 502 square miles. San Francisco has three times as many receptacles for one-tenth the space. Maybe that's one reason LA is getting an international image for "a constant state of uncleanliness." City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana commissioned a 47-page study he wants to result in a sweeping overhaul of efforts to combat illegal dumping — from litter to furniture to construction waste.

You can share your photos of how trashed — or how tidy — your neighborhood is using the hashtag "Curb Trash LA."

Guests:
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)
Andrew Ward, Photographer and photojournalist (@eireandrew)
Elizabeth Blaney, Union de Vecinos (@UniondVecinos)

More:
Zahniser on City Administrative Officer's report on cleaning up trash
Zahniser on how an engaged public can be critical to solving neighborhood problems
LA magazine feature on Andrew Ward and 'the strange beauty of LA's abandoned sofas'
Union de Vecinos on neighborhood improvement

MTA Fast Lanes Are So Successful They’re Slowing Down 11 MIN, 1 SEC

Toll lanes on the 110 Freeway are supposed to speed up rush-hour traffic by charging more when the road gets more congested. But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says they're becoming a victim of their own success. So many drivers pay the maximum of $1.40 a mile that the toll lanes are slowing down. Shahrzad Amiri is project manager for Metro's ExpressLanes.

Guests:
Shahrzad Amiri, Metro (@expresslanes)

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