Santa Barbara Plaza Project
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A gamble that didn’t pay off

Santa Barbara Plaza Project
Despite millions in public subsidies for developers to help transform Santa Barbara Plaza into a modern housing and retail complex, the city has little to show for the money. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Barbara Plaza Project
Community leader Lark Galloway-Gilliam expresses her frustration with the stalled Crenshaw district. redevelopment project. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Barbara Plaza Project
Neighbors complain about what an eyesore the crumbling storefronts and littered lots on the project site have become. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Barbara Plaza Project
This is among the skeletons of once-busy shops at the foot of the Baldwin Hills, home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of affluent African Americans. Many had been excited by the prospect of more upscale stores and a gated residential community. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Barbara Plaza Project
According to city and property records, lawsuits and interviews with those involved, almost no aspect of the Santa Barbara Plaza redevelopment project has materialized as promised. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Barbara Plaza Project
A view of the Santa Barbara Plaza project site, at center, along Santa Rosalia Drive. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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