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Unformatted text preview: June 9 th , 2008 ARLT 101 - Los Angeles: The Fiction Professor Gustafson Perception of Los Angeles The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a place where the citizens of Los Angeles can escape their lives and come together for a common interest. The majority of events draw nearly a hundred thousand fans, creating an atmosphere unparalleled anywhere in the United States. The Coliseum was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1984 due to its significance in the development of Los Angeles. My interest with the Coliseum is that it provides an accurate representation of the potential of Los Angeles. The diverse population of fans that attend the events with such enthusiasm shows the large support base present in Los Angeles. The possibilities are endless if Los Angeles could tap this resource to unify the people to aid the city in a positive way. On the other hand the reluctance of the citizens to utilize tax money to renovate the Coliseum illustrates the frustration of allocation of city funds. It is astonishing to see the taxpayers obtain very little return for such a large investment in taxes. The roads leading up to the Coliseum are broken down and are a representation of the poor state of the city's streets. The traffic issue is cited as one of the main detractions of the city, yet this problem has barely been addressed in a positive manner. The love-hate relationship of Los Angeles is a shared sentiment with the citizens of Los Angeles. “You [Los Angeles] gave birth to me. And while I love you for that I hate you for the painful afterbirth. I hate you because you are never the same twice in the same day” (Coleman, pg. 19). The seclusion of the impoverished sections of the city is my largest concern as it has a serious negative affect on the welfare of the citizens. The creation of a dangerous environment in many areas (especially relevant to me as I live adjacent to these areas as a student at USC) is the direction I hope to take with my interviews. I was born in a low income neighborhood of Los Angeles but moved to San Diego where my family currently resides. Prior to attending USC, I made frequent trips to Los Angeles. Compounding that with three years at USC, my knowledge and experiences of Los Angeles have given me a broad reference of the city. Though every city has its downfalls, the state of the neighborhoods is dismal. The failures of public education in low economic problems have caused the rise of the younger generation to turn to violence, contributing to the gang problem. This problem has been present for many years in Los Angeles. “The school system in Watts is notoriously substandard. Many teachers who can’t get jobs in other areas are assigned here. Often their main interest is not in the children’s education, but rather in their own graduation to better schools in more prosperous sections of the city” (Mckeller). However, this problem seems to compound itself into a bigger mess each year. Throughout my interviews, I hope to gain a perspective on what other citizens of Los Angeles though about the state of the city. the city....
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- Summer '08
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