From the growing collection of 'West Adams is On the Move' stories comes this piece yesterday in the Los Angeles Times:
Soaring home prices spur a resurgence near USC
One senses that we're on the cusp of Greater Los Angeles realizing that's there's an incredible number of beautiful homes and neighborhoods here in West Adams. LA's absurd property costs combined with the historic richness of our area means that it's inevitable that a lot of new folks are going to move in. The Untold LA book is part of that movement of course. I remember when the project first got mentioned in the Huffington Post there were comments from people asking me not to do a book on West Adams, as people 'would find out about it'.
I think the cat's getting out of the bag and the question is how to best manage the changes that are sure to come with an influx of new residents into the area.
Of course West Adams has always been changing; as local historian Don Lynch mentions in one of the oral history audio clips in the book, West Adams was abandoned by the wealthy even before it was 'finished', hence the large number of empty lots that gave raise to Beaux Arts apartment buildings. This place has always been changing, always large groups of peoples of differently ethnicities, classes, what have you, coming and going.
[Photo at top: an unused photo from the book of a Transitional Craftsman in North University Park near USC]