Clara Harter is a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News and believes great journalism is where storytelling meets truth-telling. Right now, Harter sees the story of Los Angeles as the story of its streets, where many people are forced to live and often die. She strives to tell this story by reporting on four intersecting crises: homelessness, housing, substance use and healthcare. She recently published a four-part investigation on fentanyl addiction in L.A.’s MacArthur Park as a 2023 California Health Equity Fellow with the USC Center for Health Journalism.
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How to help address the fentanyl and homelessness crisis in LA's MacArthur Park.
In the center of a crisis, seeds of hope emerge. Grassroots efforts connect people to live-saving resources, but much more is needed.
Mom and pop shops suffer from spike in shoplifting. Residents feel unsafe near the park, where overdoses and deaths are common.
For people experiencing homelessness, fentanyl is both a tool of survival and a cause of destruction making quitting feel impossible, yet imperative.
A marketplace for shoplifted goods, a concentration of dealers and open air drug use has pushed MacArthur Park to an epicenter of an epidemic.