The Metro Station serves as one of the primary methods of public transportation for Long Beach locals. Stretching from downtown Long Beach all the way to inner depths of Los Angeles, the railway sees a massive number of commuters daily. Because of this, it becomes an integral part of life; students travel between cities to attend school and people take the train to work as well. My auntie used to take the train at 6 am every day just to get to work in LA!
The Wardlow Station is located within the Wrigley Heights district of Long Beach and has recently garnered some local media coverage due to the recent murder in the area; these train stations, although having heavy commuter tracking the majority of the time, nevertheless prove to be a consistently sketchy area. Homeless people, drug addicts, panhandlers and anyone and everyone else in between frequently lurk around here, so one must always keep vigilance.
Recently, a man was stabbed to death during a dispute that occurred at the Wardlow Station. As sketchy as this is, there hasn’t been a death at the train station since some guy got ran over while riding his bike (I don’t know why he was on the tracks in the first place). While most people think of the train station as a means of transportation, I see it more so as a way to do some people watching.
I remember I went with my auntie to her job in LA one childhood morning. That was the day that I learned that the train brings together so many different kinds of people; everyone from the homeless to the business was in the same vicinity. That specific day, a troubled black man came onto the train, waited for the doors to close, stood in front of everybody and made an announcement. He was talking about how he had no money to get eye surgery and proceeded to take out his eyeball for credibility. Some people gave him money. Other people, such as my auntie and myself, were more hesitant and cautious. What the hell.
Truly the Metro Station serves as an integral part of everyday life for a large portion of the Long Beach community. It serves as a focal point where people congregate and gather to commute. Nine times out of ten you will witness something or someone interesting and or out of the ordinary. You will see things that challenge you. You will hear things that will challenge you. You will smell things that will challenge you. Overall, your patience will be tested. Try not to get distracted by these things and just stay vigilante; everyone’s just trying to hitch a ride somewhere. Enjoy the show as long as you’re not getting hurt! (Do please help someone if they truly need it though. Pick your battles, but don’t be that dumbass who just records a video while someone dies)