The Changing Face and Personality of Downtown Los Angeles
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New businesses and new residents are crowding into parts of downtown LA, a neighborhood that is reinventing itself. We hear about one archetypical example: the King Eddy Saloon close to the heart of Skid Row. It's an establishment "sealed in amber" back in the 1960's, now adapting to its changing surroundings. What's happening to the homeless and the formerly homeless, now living in low-cost housing? Is gentrification shrinking Skid Row? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Todd Akin, abortion and the presidential campaign.
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The Changing Face and Personality of Downtown Los Angeles ()
Downtown Los Angeles is changing fast, and very soon will see the end of an era. After being owned by the same family since the 1960's, the King Eddy Saloon is changing hands. Located at the corner of 5th and Los Angeles on the bottom floor of the King Edward Hotel, constructed in 1906, it's a gathering spot for blue-collar workers, low-income regulars and residents of Skid Row. It sells hard boiled eggs for less than a dollar and beer for two dollars. That's the consequence of the gentrification of downtown Los Angeles, which means new businesses and new residents. What about the people who are already there? KCRW's Saul Gonzalez took a stool and chatted with people who are facing a sense of loss.
Todd Akin and Abortion on the Campaign Trail ()
Republican Congressman Todd Akin has defied party leaders, including Mitt Romney, by insisting on staying in the race for the US Senate despite the furor over his comment on the issue of banning abortions even in cases of rape. We look at what it could mean for the rest of this year's political campaigns.
- Jonathan Weisman: New York Times, @jonathanweisman
- Carol Tobias: National Right to Life Committee, @CarolTobias1
- Sarah Posner: Religion Dispatches, @sarahposner
- Ann Stone: Republicans for Choice, @aews
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