Baldwin Village, Los Angeles facts for kids
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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. Baldwin Village is 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 ostensibly changed the name in 1990, after residents complained that it reinforced the neighborhood's image as a wild and menacing place. They officially renamed it Baldwin Village, to reflect the affluent and peaceful Baldwin Hills neighborhood nearby, one of the most affluent African American neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Recently, former NBA star 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.
In popular culture
It appeared in the film White Men Can't Jump starring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes The neighborhood appears in the film Training Day. It was also in episode 1 of Season 3 in the NBC and later TNT 's Television series Southland features a police traffic stop gone bad in Baldwin Village which incites gang members and onlookers to riot and attack police officers, as well as brief footage in the video for "Hard in da Paint" by Waka Flocka Flame.
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