By Alejandra Molina.
In the 20 years Rosalind Farr has been living in South Los Angeles, she has seen investments and improvements materialize in surrounding cities while her own neighborhood remains the same, she says.
“This community has been like this since the riots,” Farr says.
Farr would like to see more grocery stores, restaurants and retail fill abandoned lots that have been vacant since the 1992 riots erupted in protest of four police officers being acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. Farr says her community is being left behind while neighboring cities like Inglewood have seen retail development and renovations to The Forum, the former home of professional basketball’s Los Angeles Lakers still in use as a concert venue. The city is also undergoing construction for a new NFL stadium complex.
Now, one of the largest tracts of vacant land in South L.A. has been the focus of attention as residents and county leaders ponder the role it can serve to revitalize the community.
Plans have been made for a mixed-use development, with 180 affordable apartments, a public boarding school for the county’s child welfare and criminal justice systems, a transit careers training center, open space and 50,000 square feet of retail space, to occupy a 4-acre site on the corner of South Vermont and Manchester avenues.