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Opinion: For the moment, change looks like neglect in South Los Angeles

Once seen as a promising retail and residential addition to the Crenshaw/South L.A. community, Marlton Square has faced numerous challenges, including bankruptcy. Many stores in the space are abandoned or boarded up, like this one. Several boxes labeled "black history" give hints to a time past.

Once seen as a promising retail and residential addition to the Crenshaw/South L.A. community, Marlton Square has faced numerous challenges, including bankruptcy. Many stores in the space are abandoned or boarded up, like this one. Several boxes labeled “black history” give hints to a time past.

(Nijla Mu’min)

A tide of change is currently swamping Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles. For now, the area gives the false impression of neglect. The weeds around the now boarded-up Marlton Square have grown taller, and the once thriving black-owned club Jerry’s Flying Fox, while shuttered, still stands.


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