Bordered by Pacific Coast Highway, Anaheim Street, Long Beach Boulevard and the Los Angeles River, Washington spans just a half a square mile, but last year it logged 206 violent crimes, accounting for 10 percent of all violent crime in the city.
The Long Beach Post, as part of its Safe Streets series, is helping raise money and shoe donations for His Little Feet, which has so far provided more than 14,200 pairs of shoes to local kids.
School busing peaked in the Long Beach Unified School District in the late part of the last century for a variety of reasons. The fact that baby boomers were in their schooling years was a main cause for the busing boom.
Long Beach Transit estimates that about 5,000 riders per day board buses from the 80 stops in the vicinity of the 10 Long Beach high schools.
Over the years, Long Beach has been praised for its walkability and its bike-friendliness, but data shows the streets that are most safe for pedestrians and bicyclists are in the wealthier parts of the city.
By the 2000s, estimates of younger children walking or bicycling to school was less than 14 percent. In the same time period, the use of passenger vehicles for the trip to and from school has increased from 12 percent in 1969 to 50 percent in the 2000s.