About Us

Our Mission:

Crosstown seeks to deliver community-level data and analyses to the people of Los Angeles who want to make their neighborhoods and city safer, healthier and more connected.


Why We’re Here: 

We are a non-profit news organization covering the neighborhoods of Los Angeles in a different way — through data.

Los Angeles is too complex to see through one lens. That’s why we try to tell unique stories about each neighborhood through the data we collect on issues that matter, such as crime, traffic and air quality. Some residents might be enjoying safer streets, while others are contending with a crime spike. Air quality can vary from one neighborhood to the next. We want to turn those numbers into stories that people can use to understand what’s happening around them.

We collect our data from a variety of publicly available sources, including law enforcement, transportation and environmental agencies. We want you to use it to hold local government accountable and to help people make choices about where to live, work or send your kids to school.

We do this because we believe in Los Angeles and we believe this city can always do better. The data can tell us if we are making steps forward or slipping back.

We know you’re busy, so we try to be efficient and brief. We know we’re most likely to find you on your phone, so we’ve designed our journalism to meet you there.

We want to hear directly from you, so tell us what numbers you want to know about your community. You can reach us at  Twitter, Facebook at @CrosstownLA and email at askus@xtown.la. Or you can come to us right here, at xtown.la.


Who We Are:

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We are based out of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, in partnership with the Integrated Media Systems Center at the Viterbi School of Engineering. Our team also includes faculty and researchers from the Spatial Sciences Institute.


Our work is made possible by generous support from the Annenberg Foundation. We have also received a Community Network Grant from the Lenfest Institute and the Facebook Journalism Project. In October, we were selected by the Google News Initiative as a recipient of their North America Innovation Challenge.

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