Earlier today I published a review of my recent stay at Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. While the hotel itself was lovely, the LA neighborhood was quite the opposite…with drug dealers operating brazenly directly outside the hotel entrance.
Drug Dealers In LA…Overt And Odious
LA does not just have a homelessness problem, it has a drug problem. And in the gentrifying “DTLA” neighbor of Los Angeles, getting your drug fix is as easy as walking outside at 9:00 pm.
Heidi got off from work around 9:00pm and drove over to the hotel. She parked on Olympic Street around the corner from the hotel (why not, her car was just broken into anyway and now it is clearly empty….). I went outside to meet her…and was dismayed to see five cars parked outside the hotel on Figueroa Street with a number of transactions going on.
It was so obvious. So overt.
It was jut not just weed. There was white powder and there were pills. Guys coming up to parked cars with wads of cash.
One guy was sprawled in the front seat of his car with a lit crack pipe.
All of a sudden a police siren blared out. The guys quickly tensed up and all turned their heads, but the police car drove right by without slowing down.
I did not want to linger too long or make eye contact with anyone, but it was all so disgusting. What an indictment on my city, a city in decline, a city riddled with drugs, trash, and vagrancy and public officials who do not have the courage to meaningfully address it.
I did like the Hotel Figueroa and would return. But if you are a guest at this hotel, do steer clear of the street outside once the sun goes down. It gets pretty nasty at night…