LIFE ON THE STREETS
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez reports from Skid Row.

From Skid Row to Disney Hall
Nathaniel was in a panic over what to wear.

PART ONE
Demons Are Winning on Skid Row
The call comes in at 11:18 in the morning. Possible overdose on skid row, just half a block from one of the busiest firehouses in the United States.

PART TWO
A Corner Where L.A. Hits Rock Bottom
A few hours after a homeless guy named Virgil died of an overdose in the portable toilet, the blue plastic outhouse at 6th and San Julian streets was back in business. Not as a toilet, but as a house of prostitution.

PART THREE
Offering Compassion, Not a Cure
There is no such thing as skid row disease. But if there were, Lonnie Whitaker, 49, would have it bad. He hobbles into the office of Dr. Dennis Bleakley, lowers himself onto a chair and goes through the long list of what ails him.

PART FOUR
Street Conversations With the Broken-Down Brigade
He's in a wheelchair, ducking behind a trash can. I step forward to see if he's OK and inadvertently scare him.

PART FIVE
Urban Renaissance Meets the Middle Ages
They're yours for the taking: Luxury lofts in downtown Los Angeles, with rooftop pools, swanky cabanas, and views of Porta Potti brothels on skid row.