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.
Starting in the late 1980s, the City of Los Angeles declared a full-scale war on public housing that continues to this day.
In the past year and a half, Pasadena police have spent 285 hours responding to calls and coming up empty-handed 75% of the time.
Monte Magic Mckay considers himself lucky to have been placed at Camp Kilpatrick instead of a juvenile detention hall — but safe rehabilitation shouldn’t depend on luck.