The city of Los Angeles is on track to close out 2010 with less than 300 murders, which represents a substantial drop from the more than 1,000 people murdered in the early 1990s.

About half of the murders are gang crimes and considered "repressible," according to an editorial in the Los Angeles Times.

Here's an excerpt:

Smart intervention, focused community programs and thoughtful policing already have produced significant declines in gang crime, and can continue to protect this city from its cost. Gangs may be a permanent fixture of urban American life, but endemic gang violence need not be. Los Angeles is proving it.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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