A Crime-Ridden Silver Lake Street Has Been Sealed Off

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Well, this is new—the solution to a dangerous street in Silver Lake is not more police, but a new iron gate that keeps most people out.

The tiny road in question is Dillon Street, which before extending off London Street and dead-ending at the 101, allows access to a small church on one side, and an apartment complex on the other. Following repeated complaints in 2014 and ’15 of trespassing and illegal activity—including thefts and fires—the apartment building owner put up a chainlink fence to keep transients out. When that didn’t work, the police greenlit the installation of a black, metal sliding gate, The Eastsider LA reports. Meanwhile, the LAPD is working to shut down this stretch of Dillon Street for at least a year and a half—a move supported by the church, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s office, and at least 20 residents, who signed a petition in support of the closure.

This is certainly a novel approach to dealing with crime, though it’s understandable why many would want the cul-de-sac filled in. In fact, many streets that dead-end at freeways have become the sight of homeless encampments—think of the 101 through East Hollywood and the 405 in West L.A.—though they aren’t as close to apartment buildings as the aforementioned spot on Dillon Street.