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Jordan Downs housing plan marred by contaminated soil problems




LAPD officers watch the pedestrian traffic at Jordan Downs public housing.
LAPD officers watch the pedestrian traffic at Jordan Downs public housing.
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LAPD officers watch the pedestrian traffic at Jordan Downs public housing.
Aerial image from the Jordan Downs Community Based Masterplan
Screenshot via Jordandowns.org


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An ambitious redevelopment project in Watts has locals concerned about the environment. The billion dollar project by the L.A. city housing authority would transform the Jordan Downs housing project into an urban village.

The problem is that the soil is contaminated with lead, arsenic, and other industrial chemicals. Community activists say the city's plan to clean it up doesn't go far enough.

Joining us now is one of those activists, Pete White. He's a co-founder of the LA Community Action Network.