All it took to turn this shopping plaza into a dump was $45 million
That's right, a 50-year-old shopping plaza that should have been the centerpiece of the Crenshaw District is Exhibit A of urban blight. What happened to the millions of federal and private dollars? Ted Rohrlich has the answer, and you're not going to like it.
Los Angeles leaders gambled on a check-bouncing, politically connected developer to shepherd the project. And after $15 million in government subsidies and more than $30 million in private investment, taxpayers -- and the community -- have lost.
"It's disgraceful," said Karen Ceasar, secretary for the neighborhood council at a recent meeting packed with angry residents. She accused elected officials of a "failure to care."
It started with high hopes by city officials and big promises by an iffy businessman, and ended with a neighborhood saddled with a weedy parking lot rimmed by a handful of dying businesses. It's a twisty tale, and Ted puts it into order. Full story here.
-- Veronique de Turenne
Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times