The Healthy 'Hoods series looks at the health and economic consequences of park equity in Los Angeles. Findings suggest deliberate city planning led to a segregation of the poor and parks, leading to higher obesity-related illnesses, such as diabetes, and related health-care costs. The story was produced in collaboration with the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, which are administered by the USC Annenberg School.
UPDATE: Less than a month after the project was published, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced an initiative to build 50 pocket parks, starting in South Los Angeles.
The Heliocpter Hella Loud series looked at the impacts of helicopter noise – police, media and tourist choppers – on the mental and physical health of residents. The Los Angeles Police Department has the largest air unit in the country and use the noise of the helicopters for crime supression. The helicopter are note used solely for serious crimes, but also vandalism and to make their presence known. Crime is down, but the noise is up.
UPDATE: Less than a month after publication, stories on the issue were written by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News, and a L.A-area congressman announced he would sponsor legislation to reign in helicopter noise. Click here to launch interactive graphic by Brian Frank
Part 1 - Helicopter Hella Loud: A Look into the Noise Above Angelenos.
Part 2 -Helicopter Hella Loud: Can the FAA Regulate the Noise Pollution?
Part 3 - Helicopter Hella Loud - Ghettobirds and Low Crime Courtesy of the LAPD.
Part 4 - Helicopter Hella Loud: Community Survey and Next Steps.
Follow up - Continuing Crescendo: Legislation proposed to tackle helicopter noise, national media takes note.
This project was produced in partnership with KCET-TV and funded in part through community contributions raised with the help of Spot.us.
Dec. 1, 2010
The Urban Economy report highlighted dozens of studies over the years that independently assessed the economic health of South Los Angeles. The diagnosis: South L.A. has less crime, more buying power and a lower office vacancy rate than many parts of the city. “The results are surprising,” wrote Jack Kyser, the dean of economic development researchers in Los Angeles. Many developers aren't taking the chance, but that's beginning to change.
Urban Economy 411 - Reputation, not the facts, may be biggest hurdle to economic investment in South L.A.The work wasfunded in part through community contributions raised with the help of Spot.us.
Sept. 6, 2010
Redevelopment Hell was Leimert Park Beat's first crowd-sourced, crowd-funded investigative report. The team investigated the Santa Barbara Plaza / Marlton Square shopping center, a city redevelopment project that had sat crumbling and largely vacant for a decade
UPDATE: A year later, signs of progress were visible as demolition of the center - the size of 20 football fields - finally began in earnest.
Click for Interactive Map by Brian Frank
Part 1 - Redevelopment Hell: How a prime opportunity for redevelopment in South Los Angeles became the bane of the community.
Part 2 - Redevelopment Hell: One of these things don’t belong - blighted Marlton Square shopping center sits in middle of vibrant neighborhoods.
The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert this Sunday, November 23, at 3 pm at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Culver City. The program will include excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty;” Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance;” Stravinsky’s…
The sisters sent the following message: "We know you've been waiting a long time for us to come back, and it's been a long and dedicated journey. Please join us and share this announcement with your neighborhood, friends and family. We looking forward to continuing our relationship with our community."…See More
You are cordially invited to JoinRubato-Elegante Ensemble in “A Jazz Exploration &Contemplative Journey at The Industry CaféSpecial Guest VocalistDouyeOmar Rashad—DrumsRudy Mc Donald—BassChris Jones—PianoDavid Jacques—Tenor Sax & FluteKim Vinson—Flute See More
The Institute of Musical Arts is proud to present "My Abuela's Kitchen", a solo performance by Storyteller Antonio Sacre. Born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish-American mother, Antonio's stories are drawn from his personal history growing up bilingual and bicultural as a Cuban-Irish-American.Antonio is an internationally touring bilingual storyteller, award winning author, and solo performance artist, based in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in Theater…See More