Life, death and fear on the L.A. River
Violence is common and often unreported along the 51-mile Los Angeles River, daytime haunt of the occasional jogger and bird-watcher and in many parts a lawless no-man's-land populated by hard-core addicts, the mentally ill and uncountable others, broke or hiding.
To read Christopher Goffard's story about life and fear along the river click here. You can also view the audio slide show narrated by homeless who live along the waterway and a gallery of still images, taken by LA Times photographer Francine Orr.
Photo: John Lackey, 42, says he is a drug addict and does not want help.Credit: Francine Orr /Los Angeles Times.