NEWS OF THE WEIRD

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Hundreds of Los Angeles' down-and-out live not just under local freeways but inside their concrete structures, according to a June 2009 Los Angeles Times item. The largest "home" is a gym-size cavern under the I-10 freeway in Baldwin Park. That space is nearly inaccessible, requiring squeezing through a rusty grating, traversing a narrow ledge and descending a ladder to reach "a vast, vaultlike netherworld, strewn with garbage and syringes," with toys and rattles and a cat carcass visible on an upper platform only marginally harder for rats to reach. Every few years, state officials try to seal the entrance; the homeless unseal it when officials leave.

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