Sunday Video: Skid Row, Explained


Los Angeles’ Skid Row was not an inevitability, it was a policy. Johnny Harris explains how this district of tragic poverty came to be.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.

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A Joy

Kind of weird going to LA to explain Skid Road when the area south of Yesler Way helped define the term.

Charley Royer

Can’t help but wonder what manner of things skidded down that LA street in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Likely poor souls rather than logs.