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Omaha Has a Higher Crime Rate Than LA

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That's just one fun fact included in writer Timothy Egan's NYT commentary about the city's remarkable drop in crime since the dark days of the '92 riots. LA has escaped the Blade Runner-esque fate that many writers and thinkers envisioned: "it’s one of the great urban surprises in a place that continues to defy its dystopian destiny." Egan does question if the city, which freaks out when it rains, can hold onto its tranquility in the face of a major disaster. [NY Times]