Saturday, December 8, 2007

Central Ave.

Central Ave. used to be the spot in South Central. There was a huge jazz scene centered there. It was also the center of the Black community in LA. Since I live on the Westside of South Central, I don't know Central Ave (on the Eastside) very well. I thought there would be a lot more murals related to the history, but there is not! Here is all that I found:

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Budlong and Duke Ellington

I got some quick shots in of a corner store on Budlong and 92nd that a student had told me about some time ago. Also, a nice one of Duke Ellington on 110th and Denker on the campus of Washington Prep. Check'em out!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Into Florence!

I took these pictures a while ago, but just uploaded them to the map. I've just been so busy! I can't wait to get out more!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Long-Time No Post!

What's up! So it has been a long time without a post. All summer in fact. A lot of this comes from major changes at my job that required me to work a lot more. That said, I'm on the come-back. This site will be updated next week. See you then!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Vermont to Hoover to Figueroa

Here are a few from around Vermont and Hoover north of Gage. There are a few good ones in here. I'm going to post up some more South Central History soon as well. I'm very busy right now, so it is hard to get out there!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

South Central History

What's up? I haven't had a chance to get out, just mad busy right now. In the mean time, peep out a little history of the area that concentrates on Watts and West Adams, the two neighborhoods that really started things out.

Watts was founded in 1910 as a separate city. It was originally home to Blacks, whites, Asians, and immigrants from Europe and Mexico. At this time, there were only 15000 Blacks in all of LA. LA had one of the highest rates of home ownership for Blacks and Latinos in the United States. This attracted more Blacks and Latinos to come to LA in search of buying a house. This also led to housing laws in the 1920s. Laws that separated sections of LA by race came into effect and limited Blacks to Watts and the Northern part of South Central. It also limited the housing of Asians and Mexicans.

In the 1940s, huge waves of Blacks and whites from the South migrated to Los Angeles. After World War II began, there were many jobs available in LA. Most of these jobs consisted of building ships and weapons for the war. Most of the Asian population of Watts was Japanese and were forced into internment camps. Many Blacks and whites from the South settled in South LA. Because of the housing laws, Blacks could only live in Watts and the area North of Watts. These two areas consisted of only 5% of the city.

The area quickly became an overcrowded ghetto where only Black people lived. Initially, most people had jobs that supported the war. In fact, Jordon Downs and Imperial Courts housing projects were originally built to house the ship workers. After the war, Watts faced a terrible unemployment. At the same time, people from the South continued to come to Watts for a better life. This led to feelings of hopelessness and disappointment. In 1955, Nickerson Gardens was built due to unemployment and poverty in the area. Many were very frustrated. There were three bus lines in Watts and none of them led to major business areas were people could get jobs. The nearest hospital was 2 hours away. All of these frustrations blew up in the Watts Riots of 1965, which we will look at in detail next class.

West Adams
The Watts Riots scared many whites out of South LA. The Westside of South Central, Inglewood, and Compton all lost major white populations. It also scared many middle-class Black people. They quickly moved into these areas. Many wealthy Black people went to West Adams after the riots. Wealthy Blacks had begun to move into West Adams in the 1920s. Many more moved there after the riots.

In the 1970s there was another major migration. Ladera Heights and Baldwin Hills desegregated in the 1970s. Many wealthy Black families moved out of West Adams. This is also when many of the large houses in West Adams were divided up into apartments for Latino immigrants and USC students. We will learn more about recent immigration and USC later in the unit.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Central Ave.

The pictures today come from Central Ave. I came up on a huge wall of bombs and pieces on 109th and Central. It was incredible. Definitely check it out if you are in the area because you got to see it in person. Watts has some incredible murals and an incredible history. I have a post on that someday soon because in a couple of weeks, I will be teaching about the history of South Central.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Normandie and Slauson

I have some new shots from Normandie and from Slauson. The ones on 60th and Normandie are pretty tight pieces. Also, check out the book list on the mural with the Marcus Garvey quote. Very nice! The quote says "Up you mighty race, and accomplish what you will." A very powerful quote. It is sad that some people have tagged over it. They must have missed the message.

I'm having some trouble finding good murals east of Main and in the Newton area. If you know of any, hit me on my gmail at

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Long Delay While on the East Coast

Sorry for the long delay in updating the site. I was away chaperoning a HBCU college tour for some local high school students. I got a few snapshots of murals and pieces in D.C., Baltimore, and Atlanta. D.C. and Baltimore's scene was pretty weak. Atlanta was better, but they have a lot of toys! There will be more updates soon as I have about a week before I have to go back to work.

Monday, March 12, 2007

New Shots From Vermont and Figueroa!

What's up! Here are a few nice shots from Vermont and Figueroa. The ones from Figueroa are right in the neighborhood where Highway Ricky Ross grew up. He is the notrious drug dealer that started the crack epidemic. I wonder how the hood would be different if he never existed?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

New Pics from Gompers and Watts

What's up? I got some new pictures from Gompers Middle School and then deep in Watts! I really like the ones from Watts. Especially check out the new one on 103rd and Grape St.


Saturday, February 10, 2007

New Pictures From Western Ave.

What's up,

I put up a few new pictures from Western Ave. While I was taking the "Black Life" pictures at 105th and Western, a man came up to me asking for some money. He said it was for his children that he is rasing alone and that he had recently been in a car accident and was having trouble providing money. It's a rough life out here for a lot of people.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Raining in LA - No pictures!

There will be no pictures this week because of rain in LA. Sorry! I'm going to try to outline South LA on the map so that people can have a better idea of what the borders of South Central are. Look forward to updates next week!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Main to Florence

What's up! I added pictures from Main, starting at Imperial and going all the way up to Florence. There is many pictures that I want to add, I just need some time to take them! There are some greats ones on here from Vandals Ink, a tattoo shop on Florence and Main. Also, there are some great murals on Hoover and Florence. Check'em out.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Finally! Photos from the East Side

What's up everyone,

I finally put up some photos from the East Side of South Central. I will usually be updating this each week from herein. I got photos from Avalon, Wilmington, and Imperial. Check them out!

Monday, January 1, 2007

South Central Bombs

Welcome to South Central Bombs!