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May 1, 2008 |  7:00 am

May 1, 1938



Above, here we are in 1938 in Leimert Park. Below, a current street view, courtesy of Google.

Why am I showing a home from Leimert Park? Because this neighborhood is in what is all too often described as "gang-infested South L.A." I was unfamiliar with the area until I began looking into the Black Dahlia murder (the body of Elizabeth Short was found several blocks from this duplex).

The homes in Leimert Park have a great deal of charm and wonderful architectural details like stained-glass windows and tile roofs. This neighborhood is, according to, 78.5% African American, 14.3% Hispanic, 8% Asian American, 6.1% white, 0.5% Native American or Alaskan and 0.1% Native Islander (the figures add up to more than 100% because some people choose more than one ethnic category--welcome to L.A.). The duplex sold in 2004 for $600,000, according to propertyshark.

Note: If you can't see the current map, you are probably using some version of Internet Explorer and need to install Adobe Flash Player. You can either do that or switch to Firefox, which works fine. 

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