Looking Forward, Not Back: How South Los Angeles Is The Future
Looking Forward, Not Back: How South Los Angeles is the Future
Twenty five years ago, Los Angeles exploded in the worst urban civil unrest in contemporary American history.
Ground zero for the social upheaval was South L.A., an area battered by deindustrialization and job loss, wracked by a crack epidemic and gang warfare, and frustrated by policing practices that best resembled those of an occupying force. Added to the brew was a rapid demographic shift — from 80 percent Black in 1970 to nearly half Latino by 1992 — that strained community institutions.
Flash forward to today and some might surmise that little has changed: South L.A. still boasts unemployment and poverty rates far …