Pueblo Del Rio
Constructed in 1941 under the auspices of the National Housing Administration, Pueblo Del Rio was originally designed to house low-income laborers at the factories south of downtown Los Angeles. Like other housing projects of the era, Pueblo Del Rio's design was based on the "garden city" template. According to this design motif, clusters of two-story buildings would be situated around open grassy spaces where the children of the residents could play. Prominent architects such as Richard Neutra and Paul Revere Williams helped design the layout of Pueblo Del Rio.
Throughout most of its history, Pueblo Del Rio housed primarily African-American residents. Later in the 1990s, however, large numbers of Latinos began moving into the housing complex. Today, African-Americans, Latinos, Cambodian immigrants and some Caucasians call Pueblo Del Rio home. Some families have been living in Pueblo Del Rio for more than three generations.
Almost fifty percent of the residents of Pueblo Del Rio are children or teenagers. It is home to five parks and a recreation center which were much improved through Councilwoman Jan Perry's initiative in 2012.
Pueblo Del Rio is zoned into the Los Angeles Unified School District. Schools serving Pueblo Del Rio include Holmes Elementary School, Edison Middle School, Huntington Park High School, and Maywood Academy High School.
During the 1970s, many of the factories which employed Pueblo Del Rio's residents were closed. This created a vacuum of opportunity in the area, and as a result, the crime rate skyrocketed.
The Pueblo Del Rio was known for illegal activity in South Los Angeles. Shootings, stabbings, assaults, gang activity, narcotics trafficking, and vandalism are all frequent at Pueblo Del Rio. Much of the crime at Pueblo Del Rio is gang related; Los Angeles Police Department reports 2 major gangs being active in the Pueblo Housing Projects, The 52 Pueblo Bishop Bloods and E/S Oriental Boyz.
On August 26, 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Los Angeles Police Department raided the Pueblo Bishop Bloods through the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
- Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
- "Restoration of Pueblo del Rio, Los Angeles" (2003-08-01) FloorNature
- "At an impoverished housing complex, a reflection of South L.A." (July 14, 2009) Los Angeles Times
- Rubin, Joel (2010-08-26). "FBI, LAPD raid targets Pueblo Bishop Bloods". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 September 2010.