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As the city continues on its destructive path, there is no need for us to be on the defensive; we can wage a battle of our own for mass public housing.
Thirty years of war have paid off for the eager boosters of San Pedro.
Under the sophisticated and savvy leadership of new HACLA head Doug Guthrie, the city has finally been able to put Jordan Downs at the service of more profitable objectives.
The crown jewel of Watts’ “revitalization” would not be easily forgotten by the city’s major players.
In the early 2000s, the city’s war continued with the mass removal of families from the Dana Strand public housing complex in Wilmington.
Using every weapon at its disposal to wage war during the second phase of redevelopment at Pico-Aliso, the Housing Authority essentially achieved a total victory — until the blowback hit over a decade later.
How the tenants at Pico-Aliso, the largest public housing complex west of the Mississippi, fought the Housing Authority to a draw.
Down in Harbor City, privatizers conquered their first victim and made out like bandits.
In 1989, the city proposed selling off Jordan Downs to a private developer. But organized tenants defeated the plan just as suddenly as it had been introduced.
A first attempt at telling the story of the era of demolition and privatization.