In February of 2011, I went with a LA friend to visit Ramona Gardens (Los Angeles, CA), a surreal place where the past seems to not leave. While being shown around the neighborhood by the locals, we realized this place has been a battlefield... every 30 feet or so our resident guides would point out who has died on which sidewalk, and they explained in detail the pain portrayed in paint on the intricate wall murals - most of them illustrate battles between police and Ramona Gardens residents, tragic shootouts and deaths. Ramona has been for a very long time one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the world.
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