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LA a third world city

Los Angeles 'is a Third World city'

Last Updated: 1:53am BST 23/04/2008

Los Angeles is becoming a "Third World city" with immigrants making up half its workforce, says a new study.

A third of immigrants have not graduated from high school and 60 per cent do not speak English fluently, the Migration Policy Institute found.

It said this left immigrants ill-equipped to fill California's fastest-growing occupations, such as computer software engineering and nursing. The organisation added that as the so-called baby boomers reach retirement age, a similar pattern will spread across the US.
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Ernesto Cortes Jr, of the Industrial Areas Foundation, a think-tank that specialises on social change, claimed Los Angeles was at a crossroads.

"The question is are we going to be a 21st century city with shared prosperity, or a Third World city with an elite group on top and most on near poverty wages?" he said.

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lol wow. Calling Los Angeles a third world city is like calling North Korea a world superpower. Both are so far off base as to be ridiculous.
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I read that today.

Its not that far off; definitely moving in that direction ahead of the rest of this nation.
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actually the traffic in LA is worse than bangkok
forget beijing or shanghai standards

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Sounds like the movie Blade Runner.

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I think the title is alittle off here man....

Is LA a 3rd world city? Of course not!

Is LA on course to become a 3rd world city in the next decade or so? At this stage, yes

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What part of Los Angeles did you go to?
It is a 3rd World City already. Not going to be, it is.

Not Hollywood or The Getty or Santa Monica or even a Monterey Park.

Downtown Los Angeles, the formal part of the City.
It sucks.

The city policy - in particular of the past 10 years or so - has
been -come on down, you're safe here. So, guess what, people from
all over the world came to LA. Yes, most from Mexico and Central
America, but, also from Asia, Europe, etc.

I was in a business not far from Olvera Street about a month ago.
We walked around after the meeting, and I was honestly a bit scared.
I was just there two years ago, and I didn't even recognize many
of the stores, shops, appearance of apartments, the congested streets
with lots of older cars, etc. Amazing. It went from bad to worse.
Gang graffiti galore.


There is a reason the budget of the city is busted. They don't have
enough tax revenue from residents, and the business that is still left
there, to fund it all. Business is moving out of LA because it can't deal
with the San Francisco style restrictions put upon it - from 'living wage'
to rent controls to health insurance to maternity leave and bilingual programs, etc.


Education level low.
English language ability low.
Desire to be an American is low.
Make cash, send it home, put the kids to work too.
Gang life increases.
Teen pregnancy increases.
Dropout rates very high.
An open border does not help the illegal immigrants,it's
a way we all create a permanent third world class.
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I read an annual study issued by the International Monetary Fund or one of those big economic institutions and it said that the people of Los Angeles, Dublin, Zurich and Geneva have the highest levels of disposable income in the world. Surely the change would have to be rapid and drastic for this to occur. I would trust the report because I live in Dublin and I visited both Zurich and Geneva a few months ago and at home at least it seems that people really have money to burn.

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I read an annual study issued by the International Monetary Fund or one of those big economic institutions and it said that the people of Los Angeles, Dublin, Zurich and Geneva have the highest levels of disposable income in the world. Surely the change would have to be rapid and drastic for this to occur. I would trust the report because I live in Dublin and I visited both Zurich and Geneva a few months ago and at home at least it seems that people really have money to burn.
Los Angeles residents with "money to burn", burn plenty of it buying homes in the "right neighborhoods" and the right cars/clothes/going to the right clubs (70 year old men, go out to the clubs - ha ha)/etc (if not for themselves then for their spoiled kids).

That extra money gets spent and no poor people even get a taste of it, trickle down doesn't happen in Los Angeles - the "Haves" have their own economy and the "Have Nots" have their own and they only meet when the "Haves" are in the mood for some "ethnic food".
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60 percent? Bullshit lol

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Los Angeles 'is a Third World city'

Last Updated: 1:53am BST 23/04/2008

Los Angeles is becoming a "Third World city" with immigrants making up half its workforce, says a new study.

A third of immigrants have not graduated from high school and 60 per cent do not speak English fluently, the Migration Policy Institute found.

It said this left immigrants ill-equipped to fill California's fastest-growing occupations, such as computer software engineering and nursing. The organisation added that as the so-called baby boomers reach retirement age, a similar pattern will spread across the US.
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Ernesto Cortes Jr, of the Industrial Areas Foundation, a think-tank that specialises on social change, claimed Los Angeles was at a crossroads.

"The question is are we going to be a 21st century city with shared prosperity, or a Third World city with an elite group on top and most on near poverty wages?" he said.
It's called a free market of labor. Uneducated immigrants make 60% of the workforce because there are jobs that someone has to do that donot require a high degree of education (or language skills for that matter), if these fastest growing occupations really exist well educated people will eventually move into LA to fill these jobs, I have seen many immigrants who are doctors or engineers who are driving cabs or running gas stations in NY.
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oh wow i didnt know that.
i wanna move to LA one day

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I won a trip to L.A. from our local radio station a few years ago. (it was to watch a taping of the show the division --- a week after serena taped her part in and episode)
-- anyways, I was surprised at how their doesn't seem to be a middle class. It's like your either filthy rich or dirt poor. I wasn't impressed by L.A. at all. I did like the Getty museum at that was about it.
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