Baldwin Village, Los Angeles
Street sign marking the border of the Baldwin Village neighborhood,located at the intersection of Obama Boulevard and
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Baldwin Village was developed in the early 1940s and 1950s by architect Clarence Stein, as an apartment complex for young families. Baldwin Village was occasionally called "The Jungle" by locals because of the tropical trees and foliage (such as palms, banana trees and begonias) that once thrived among the area's tropical-style postwar apartment buildings. The Los Angeles City Council changed the name in 1990, after residents complained that it reinforced the neighborhood's image as a wild and menacing place. They renamed it Baldwin Village after nearby Baldwin Hills neighborhood, one of the most affluent African-American neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Recently, NBA hall of famer Magic Johnson and others have begun revitalization plans for the area, which have already begun to boost the area economically and socially. While redevelopment has shown many successes, not all efforts have yielded results; development of Marlton Square, for instance, was stalled in bankruptcy after years of work and millions of dollars of public and private funds until 2012.
Residents of Baldwin Village are zoned to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The neighborhood’s home school is Susan Miller Dorsey High School.
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