Downtown Los Angeles sees sharp rise in violent, other crime

Chinese investment into Los Angeles County doubled from 2009-2014, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. $2.8 billion went into downtown L.A. alone during the last five years.
Chinese investment into Los Angeles County doubled from 2009-2014, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. $2.8 billion went into downtown L.A. alone during the last five years.
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Downtown Los Angeles has seen a sharp rise in crime this year as gentrification changes the area, putting hip apartments at odds with the neighborhoods poverty and homelessness.

The Los Angeles Times reports that overall, violent crime in downtown, skid row and Chinatown increased more than 57 percent through the end of August, compared with the same period last year. Property offenses increased nearly 25 percent.

Residents say as more businesses invest in downtown and people buy condos, the city needs to handle crime in the neighborhood.

The Los Angeles Police Department says they are increasing patrols in the area, but that many of the problems would be better helped with more housing and other social services that police cannot provide.