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South L.A. backyards are becoming barnyards

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Residents of South Los Angeles are discovering that roosters -- and other farm animals -- are joining their neighborhoods. Times staff writer Jessica Garrison reports that not everyone is happy about it.

For many, the image of South Los Angeles is that of a paved, parched, densely packed urban grid. But increasingly, it is also a place where untold numbers of barnyard animals -- chickens, roosters, goats, geese, ducks, pigs and even the odd pony -- are being tended in tiny backyard spaces.... The cacophony of cock-a-doodle-doos south of the 10 Freeway is one of the louder manifestations of a demographic change that has transformed South Los Angeles in the last few decades. Once primarily an African American community -- and still the cultural and political heart of the state’s African American population -- the area has absorbed tens of thousands of immigrants from Mexico and Central America and is now predominantly Latino.

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Apparently, one person’s comfort (a rooster in the backyard) is another’s headache. And in a related story, Times Foreign Editor Marjorie Miller explores some of the wildlife in her Koreantown neighborhood.

-- Alice Short


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