South Central

The area gets its name because it lies south of Central Avenue, and with about 600,000 people, is larger than many of the world’s cities in and of itself. Here, Lala Land loses its glamor and glitz. South LA counts among its residents some of the most struggling in the city. Most live in small, deteriorating apartments; the few homes in this area are blocky bungalows not much larger in size. Commercial buildings here are not the high rises of Downtown nor the art-deco edifices of Hollywood; they are squat, utilitarian buildings that show their age through cracks and peeling paint. The ubiquitous graffiti doesn’t help.

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