America's fallen neighbourhood

A first-person account of life in one of America’s hardest hit areas

Skunks, rats, lizards and raccoons rule the empty yards. The mailman, judging from his light letter bag, guesses one in eight homes are in foreclosure. The unemployment rate is over 12 per cent. Thieves steel everything from shoes to the catalytic converters from parked cars. The Los Angeles Times offers this first person account of life in one of America’s most economically depressed, hardest hit areas: Riverside, Calif.

Los Angeles Times