What would a map of homicides look like?
(Tan markers indicate homicides from the last week. Click on each marker for details on individual cases. Some computers may take a long time to load this map. Wait, and scroll down if you get a blank screen.)
Homicides year after year are concentrated in the same areas of Los Angeles. The neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway and east and west of the Harbor Freeway have long suffered disproportionately from homicide. But there are some trends. A dozen years ago, Westlake, just east of downtown Los Angeles, used to have more homicides than any other place in the city, as bodies piled up from gang wars around MacArthur Park. Now, as the map shows, Central Los Angeles has very few homicides. Today, Athens and Florence are particular hot spots. For an account of where this map comes from, click here.