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LAPD Officer Deon Joseph tries to wake someone sleeping on skid row.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

L.A.'s Safer City Initiative had largely cleared the sidewalks of accumulations of items like those seen here.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

The return of homeless encampments like this is attributed to the weak economy, the early release of inmates from County Jail and a court order curbing the city's power to remove unattended items.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Officer Deon Joseph tells homeless people that they should move to a shelter or elsewhere and that they cannot set up sleeping gear on the sidewalk before 6 p.m.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

As nightfall nears, a dazed woman with a gangrenous thumb spreads a blanket over a row of plastic crates to make a bed on the urine-soaked sidewalk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

LAPD officer Deon Joseph speaks to a man on skid row.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

On any given night, as many as 10 people make their homes on this stretch of pavement on 6th Street. Their belongings – including tents, sleeping bags, shopping carts, a leather chair, at least two microwaves and piles of clothing -- nearly cover the sidewalk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

A homeless woman has a gangrenous thumb.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Some of the homeless set up tents on the sidewalks of skid row.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

An activist accuses the city of deliberately allowing conditions on skid row to deteriorate to bolster its case against the court order that curbed the power to remove unattended items. City officials reject the allegation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

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A city initiative had reduced the numbers, but the weak economy, a court ruling and the early release of criminals have spurred an increase, officials say. Activists have a different view.

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