Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times
Kevin stands outside the wrought-iron fence that surrounds Gladys Park, which is more like a shelter than a park because it is mostly occupied by homeless people trying to get off the streets. For many of the children living on skid row, the future is dark. The districts 50 square blocks are believed to be home to 400 registered sex offenders and 3,000 people on probation for violent crimes or drug charges. And for all of the LAPD's recent efforts, the streets remain littered with the detritus of failure, addiction and poverty.