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Old 04-30-2009, 12:47 AM
 
Location: la socal
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Really? what address you put?
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: $kid Row, Lo$ $can de LOs, killa4nia
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I am white, born and raised in L.A., and have been to every housing project in the city of Los Angeles. Sometimes for work, sometimes just for straight up curiosity.

If you really want to see the Gardens, the Courts or Jordan Downs, there are a few options. I've done all these:

1.

Get a myspace account and find someone from the area you want to see. Write them a message and explain that you are interested in seeing how people live in that area. Be honest and upfront about it. Explain that you want to meet people, and see things. Nine times out of ten people are open to this, and you will be welcomed as an invited guest. If nothing else, they will respect your curiosity. They are used to being ignored by the outside world.

They are proud of the neighborhoods, and--usually-- are eager and interested to meet new people. There may be hesitation, and minor hostility at first, but once they understand you are genuine, it's all good.

Be prudent in who you pick as your guide.

2.

Everyone of these projects has a community center, staffed by people from the area. These people usually have "juice" in the community, and are considered respected elders.

Go one morning, and have a chat with one of them, and say you are interested in the history and culture of the neighborhood. You can lie, and say you are a grad student in something like urban planning, or sociology.

3.

There have been many articles written on these neighborhoods. In each article, they interview some kind of community leader. These people aren't hard to track down. Find them and have a talk about visiting the area.

What is important, is that you don't go alone. These can be dangerous violent places, and things can spin out of control very quickly. It is vital to have a guide with you. Not just anyone, but someone with respect. Once you are in, and have contacts, it's not hard to return again.

That said, the majority of people you will meet are kind and hospitable, you just need to meet them on their level, with respect and kindness. Residents of L.A.'s projects and low income neighborhoods are just regular, everyday people trying to get by. They can be hospitable and warm and easy going. I have been invited to dinner, and stayed for the weekend, and made lifelong freinds.
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: $kid Row, Lo$ $can de LOs, killa4nia
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The sad reality is that the public housing projects are more dangerous to black & hispanic youth than anybody else.
I am not so sure about that.

I'd say that public housing projects are more dangerous to young men, regardless of color, then anybody else.
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:18 PM
 
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Really? what address you put?

Off of Imperial Highway in between Grape st and Mona Blvd.

The Google car made it to that whole surrounding area. But right there were Imperial Courts is he must have said, "no way" and drove around.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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wow.

yay, lets tour the hood. lets gawk like we were at the zoo.

this is funny.

im glad i dont need a pass to be around town. been in and around these parts. but thats because i know people. thats our reality.

i didnt have to go invite myself, out of curiosity.

astonishing.

the funniest part was "juice"...

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I am white, born and raised in L.A., and have been to every housing project in the city of Los Angeles. Sometimes for work, sometimes just for straight up curiosity.

If you really want to see the Gardens, the Courts or Jordan Downs, there are a few options. I've done all these:

1.

Get a myspace account and find someone from the area you want to see. Write them a message and explain that you are interested in seeing how people live in that area. Be honest and upfront about it. Explain that you want to meet people, and see things. Nine times out of ten people are open to this, and you will be welcomed as an invited guest. If nothing else, they will respect your curiosity. They are used to being ignored by the outside world.

They are proud of the neighborhoods, and--usually-- are eager and interested to meet new people. There may be hesitation, and minor hostility at first, but once they understand you are genuine, it's all good.

Be prudent in who you pick as your guide.

2.

Everyone of these projects has a community center, staffed by people from the area. These people usually have "juice" in the community, and are considered respected elders.

Go one morning, and have a chat with one of them, and say you are interested in the history and culture of the neighborhood. You can lie, and say you are a grad student in something like urban planning, or sociology.

3.

There have been many articles written on these neighborhoods. In each article, they interview some kind of community leader. These people aren't hard to track down. Find them and have a talk about visiting the area.

What is important, is that you don't go alone. These can be dangerous violent places, and things can spin out of control very quickly. It is vital to have a guide with you. Not just anyone, but someone with respect. Once you are in, and have contacts, it's not hard to return again.

That said, the majority of people you will meet are kind and hospitable, you just need to meet them on their level, with respect and kindness. Residents of L.A.'s projects and low income neighborhoods are just regular, everyday people trying to get by. They can be hospitable and warm and easy going. I have been invited to dinner, and stayed for the weekend, and made lifelong freinds.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: West LA
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Off of Imperial Highway in between Grape st and Mona Blvd.

The Google car made it to that whole surrounding area. But right there were Imperial Courts is he must have said, "no way" and drove around.
They went to 115th and Gorman... but it looks like it was really early in the morning due to the lighting, marine layer, all the cars around, and the lack of people.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:44 PM
 
Location: $kid Row, Lo$ $can de LOs, killa4nia
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wow.

yay, lets tour the hood. lets gawk like we were at the zoo.

this is funny.

im glad i dont need a pass to be around town. been in and around these parts. but thats because i know people. thats our reality.

i didnt have to go invite myself, out of curiosity.

astonishing.

the funniest part was "juice"...
Is it really that "astonishing?"

If someone wants to go to these places, those are straightforward ways they can meet people, and see how those kinds of communities live.

Nobody is comparing anyone, or anyplace, to a zoo.

It is unwise for out of towners to wander alone in public housing projects in south central Los Angeles. I've done it, myself, many times, but to say it is not dangerous is unwise. You may not need a pass, but you can't deny that some people do, or would. It's unfortunate, but it is also reality...

I've travelled all over the world, and everywhere I go I try to meet people and see their side of things. Break bread with them, meet their mothers and children. I'd do it on Grape street, and I'd do it on Rodeo Drive too.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: $kid Row, Lo$ $can de LOs, killa4nia
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But right there were Imperial Courts is he must have said, "no way" and drove around.
A few months ago I got popped on the blue line (metro train,) for riding without fare.

It's only ticket, but I was being a Moderator cut: jerk to the cops, plus I had a warrent, so they took me in. The jail is near Imperial Courts. I was there for about a day, then they cut me loose at about eleven at night.

In order to get back to the train, and had to take a shortcut through the Courts. I stood there for a while, deciding if I should walk through that Moderator cut: place late at night. I could have walked around the place, but it would have taken longer, and I wanted to go home.

I ended up cutting through the projects. I had two hundred bucks in cash on me, too. Nothing happened, but it certainly could have.

Last edited by Green Irish Eyes; 04-30-2009 at 06:13 PM.. Reason: Language
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: la socal
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Off of Imperial Highway in between Grape st and Mona Blvd.

The Google car made it to that whole surrounding area. But right there were Imperial Courts is he must have said, "no way" and drove around.
just went on that map and seems like they did sort of went there but only on 113th st side.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:55 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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ya buddy, your down.

now you can go tell your friends... "i been in nickerson. i even been to the jungle, and it IS like in training day"

this fascination with the hood is amazing.

when i visit detroit or anyother place i never go lookin for the hood.

i seen that all my life.

interesting frame of thought tho...

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Is it really that "astonishing?"

If someone wants to go to these places, those are straightforward ways they can meet people, and see how those kinds of communities live.

Nobody is comparing anyone, or anyplace, to a zoo.

It is unwise for out of towners to wander alone in public housing projects in south central Los Angeles. I've done it, myself, many times, but to say it is not dangerous is unwise. You may not need a pass, but you can't deny that some people do, or would. It's unfortunate, but it is also reality...

I've travelled all over the world, and everywhere I go I try to meet people and see their side of things. Break bread with them, meet their mothers and children. I'd do it on Grape street, and I'd do it on Rodeo Drive too.
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