South Los Angeles  

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"My impression is you know, places like South Central L.A., around the country look more like the real third world countries - They're third world countries without the hope. That is that they have no medical care. They have no real economy - and yet in a third world country, it's developing. There is some onward development. There is some vision for the future."-- CBS This Morning interview with Paula Zahn & Dr Bob Arnot - off-air response to question about South Central, the interviewer called the comments obtuse, in Spin

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

South Los Angeles, formerly officially and sometimes still referred to as South-Central Los Angeles, is a region in southern Los Angeles County, California, and mostly lies within the city limits of Los Angeles, just south of downtown.

Widespread unemployment, poverty and street crime contributed to the rise of street gangs in South Central, such as the Crips and Bloods. They became even more powerful with money from drugs, especially the crack cocaine trade, dominated by gangs in the 1980s.

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