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CurbedLA brought our attention to a recent New York Times article about some suspect dealings with a short sale in Mt. Washington. The article argues that Bank of America is intentionally delaying the sale in order to inflate fees paid to its subsidiaries. The property is now listed at $474,000 whereas the bank was previously offered $625,000. The 3 bedroom 2.5 bath has been on the market for over two years.
Some good news for the prospective buyer of this home is they may have an easier time getting to it as Caltrans will be taking the 110 freeway, built in 1935, into the 21st century. The LA Times reports that the state will be installing “smart” road studs that will create a second offramp for the 5 North during peak traffic. Maybe we’ll see less drivers cutting into the offramp inside the final tunnel in order to avoid the mile-long line. (You know who you are.)
Did the Boulevard Sentinel lift a story on last week’s shooting of a bicyclist in their August issue?
On July 13th, the 90042 blog wrote a piece on a cyclist who was shot in the back during a group bicycle ride through Highland Park. Three days later, the Boulevard Sentinel blog reported the same incident with some disturbingly similar language. As an example, compare their opening paragraphs:
90042: The bicycle phenomenon known as Midnight Ridazz had a near tragedy as they rode down Avenue 52 this past Friday night. Around midnight (hence the name), as hundreds of cyclists were making their way from Griffith Park, through Highland Park, and on their way over to Lincoln Heights during the Neverland-themed ride the group was attacked as they descended down Avenue 52 just before the Pasadena Freeway at Bomer Drive.
Boulevard Sentinel: Hundreds of cyclists known as Midnight Ridazz had a near tragedy as they rode down Avenue 52 on Friday night, July10, around midnight. As they were making their way through Highland Park, on their way to Lincoln Heights, the group was attacked as they cruised down Avenue 52 near the Pasadena Freeway.
The Boulevard Sentinel Blog article continues in this manner without ever attributing their story to the 90042 blog.
If this were only present on their blog, then I doubt I’d waste time with this post. The blogosphere is a notorious echo chamber where people play fast and loose with citations. Hell, Waltarrrrr! at 90042 had to remind us to attribute a photo on a Gold Line crash a couple of years back.
The biggest problem lies in the fact that the blog post from the 17th was then printed verbatim into the August issue of the Boulevard Sentinel. Even 90042′s version of events and editorializing are copied in the article:
90042: When the rolling mass of cyclists with blinking lights, bells, horns, and amplified music trailers went rolling by a house party on 52, the occupants there started yelling, “Fuck you white boys!” (despite the diverse crowd of men and women of every skin color).
Boulevard Sentinel: When the cyclists with blinking lights, bells, horns, and amplified music trailers went rolling by a house party on 52, the occupants there started yelling, “F–k you white boys” (despite the diverse crowd of men and women of every skin color).
To be fair, the article appears without any attribution, so it’s possible there is an alternate explanation.
Nevertheless, I don’t expect the same level of reporting from a blog (especially a small unpaid blog such as 90042) as I do from the for-profit print media. I’m sure Waltarrrrr! at 90042 has a day job just like we do, but the staff at the Boulevard Sentinel are paid via home-delivery subscriptions and advertising revenue. I expect them to make a phone call to Midnight Ridazz or the LAPD when writing a story about a neighborhood shooting. Barring that, they need to at least credit outside sources they use to write their articles. We’ve sent emails to both 90042 and the Boulevard Sentinel that haven’t been answered yet.
Ξ July 30th, 2009 | → Comments Off | ∇ Highland Park |
It looks like “Criminal Minds” is filming behind Owl Pharmacy on the corner of Avenue 57 and Figueroa today. Good to see some money coming into the neighborhood.
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