South Central Los Angeles: Embrace, don’t erase, local history

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Graffiti writers at Slauson and Hooper Aves remind us that this geography is still called South Central Los Angeles. Photo by Jonathan P. Bell, @c1typlann3r
By: Jonathan P. Bell, @c1typlann3r

Remember that this geography is still, and will always be, South Central Los Angeles. The “South LA” rebranding was City of LA’s attempt at revisionist history after the 1992 Uprising (much like the City’s embarrassing 2014 “SOLA” proposal that’s thankfully fizzled).

Invest in place erasure and hope the world forgets: that went nowhere. Stakeholders young and older still call it South Central LA. History matters.

And, for the record, none of the City’s revisionism ever applied in the unincorporated communities: Florence-Firestone, Willowbrook, East Rancho Dominguez, West Rancho Dominguez, West Athens, and Lennox.

πŸ’›βœŠπŸ½ [Location: Slauson Av @ Hooper Av]

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[ I wrote this post last week for the @florencefirestone IG. I've reprinted it here as the inaugural piece for my occasional micro-essay series #OccasionalCritique #InstaEssay #MicroEssay ] ・・・ "Embrace, don't erase, local history" Remember that this geography is still, and will always be, South Central Los Angeles. The "South LA" rebranding was City of LA's attempt at revisionist history after the 1992 Uprising (much like the City's embarrassing 2014 "SOLA" proposal that's thankfully fizzled). Invest in place erasure and hope the world forgets: that went nowhere. Stakeholders young and older still call it South Central LA. History matters. And, for the record, none of the City's revisionism ever applied in the unincorporated communities: Florence-Firestone, Willowbrook, East Rancho Dominguez, West Rancho Dominguez, West Athens, and Lennox. #SouthCentral #LosAngeles πŸ’›βœŠπŸ½ [location: Slauson Av @ Hooper Av]

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