Baldwin Village, Los Angeles

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Baldwin Village
Street sign marking the border of the Baldwin Village neighborhood, located at the intersection of Obama Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Street sign marking the border of the Baldwin Village neighborhood, located at the intersection of Obama Boulevard and
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Nickname(s): 
The Jungle
Baldwin Village is located in Western Los Angeles
Baldwin Village
Baldwin Village
Location within West Los Angeles
Baldwin Village is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Baldwin Village
Baldwin Village
Location within the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Baldwin Village is located in California
Baldwin Village
Baldwin Village
Location within California
Coordinates: 34°00′54″N 118°20′52″W / 34.0150°N 118.3478°W / 34.0150; -118.3478Coordinates: 34°00′54″N 118°20′52″W / 34.0150°N 118.3478°W / 34.0150; -118.3478
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Time zonePacific
Zip Code
90008
Area code(s)323

Baldwin Village is a neighborhood in the South Los Angeles region of Los Angeles County, California.

Geography[edit]

In 1988, Baldwin Village became be a distinct community in the city's General Plan, and signs were to be posted to identify the area.[1] It is bounded by La Brea Avenue, Marlton Avenue, Obama Blvd, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Santo Thomas Drive.[2]

History[edit]

Baldwin Village was developed in the early 1940s and 1950s by architect Clarence Stein, as an apartment complex for young families. Baldwin Village is occasionally called "The Jungles" 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.[3] 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.[4] They renamed it Baldwin Village after the Baldwin Hills neighborhood.[5]

Development[edit]

While redevelopment has shown many successes, not all efforts have yielded results.

Marlton Square[edit]

Development of Marlton Square was stalled in bankruptcy after years of work and millions of dollars of public and private funds until 2012.

Kaiser Permanente[edit]

The neighborhood houses a 100,000 square foot Kaiser Permanente medical office building and outdoor plaza which opened on September 7, 2017.[6]

Education[edit]

  • Hillcrest Drive Elementary - 4041 Hillcrest Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Media[edit]

Film[edit]

Baldwin Village served as a location for the 1992 film White Men Can't Jump.[7] The neighborhood also appears in the 2001 film Training Day.[8]

Television[edit]

It was also in episode 1 of Season 3 of the NBC television series Southland.

It was a prominent setting in the S.W.A.T. episode "Local Heroes" (Season 4, Episode 15).

Music Videos[edit]

Wacka Flocka Flame's "Hard in Da Paint" music video.[9][10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Council File: 88-1035". LACity.org. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  2. ^ Mitchell, John (1988-06-19). "Village Residents Hope a New Name Means a New Image". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  3. ^ Winton, Richard (May 19, 2011). "Baldwin Village drug trafficking gang targeted in raid led by federal, local authorities". L.A. Now. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  4. ^ McChesney, Keegan (April 20, 2016). FROM RISK TO RESILIENCE: Examining environmental justice indicators in Los Angeles’ most climate vulnerable community (PDF) (Thesis). Occidental College. pp. 26–30. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  5. ^ Hayasaki, Erika (September 30, 2006). "Gang Violence Fuels Racial Tensions The fatal shooting of a 3-year-old girl in Baldwin Village escalates friction among blacks and Latinos in the neighborhood". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Care near you". thrive.kaiserpermanente.org. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  7. ^ Cowan, Jared (27 March 2017). "Revisiting the Filming Locations of White Men Can't Jump 25 Years Later".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-17. Retrieved 2017-09-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Bodenner, Chris (March 8, 2016). "Orbital View: It's The Jungle in There". The Atlantic. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Waka Flocka "Hard in Da Paint" (Official Video)". 21 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.

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