Patt Morrison for April 23, 2012

Is South LA seeing an economic revival two decades after the riots?

Riots Reconstruction

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The intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues became a flash point in the early hours of the riots in 1992.

Twenty years on from the fires, fighting, and looting that raged through South Los Angeles neighborhoods in 1992, how do we define the success of revitalization and rebuilding efforts?

At the 15 year mark, as much as $1 billion had been invested in South Central neighborhoods, and yet critics asked to what effect. The money had been spent on bringing in commercial development without strengthening education or public safety, without which many neighborhood residents were unable to access the opportunities provided for them by the new businesses.

Five years later, the area will finally see the addition of a $930 million light rail “Expo” line, which opens April 28 and will pass through USC, Exposition Park, the Mid-City Communities, the Crenshaw District, Culver City, and West Los Angeles. But what else has changed?

Join Patt as she checks in on the achievements and failures of rebuilding L.A.


Rep. Karen Bass, (D-Los Angeles), member of the House Budget Committee

Manuel Pastor, Professor, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

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