South-Central Los Angeles, California

South-Central Los Angeles is a neighborhood carved out of the greater South Los Angeles area. It lies directly south and a little southwest of downtown Los Angeles’s Fashion District, with which it shares as a boundary Washington Boulevard or the Santa Monica Freeway (also known as Interstate Ten). The western boundary of the neighborhood is defined by Flower Street or the Harbor Freeway, also known as the “One-Ten.” On the opposite side of this freeway is the neighborhood of University Park, which is home to one of the city’s most well-known universities, the University of Southern California. Just south of the University is a large park called Exposition Park containing, among other things, a collection of museums, each focused on different fields of scientific pursuit; a frequently-used sports arena; and, most famously, the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which is more than ninety years old and still serves its original purpose as an arena for local college football games as well as other major sporting events and large-scale musical performances.

The approximate southern border of South-Central is Vernon Avenue. Across from Vernon to the south are the communities of South Park, Central Alameda and Florence-Graham, the last of which is also known as Florence-Firestone. There is another Los Angeles neighborhood nearby that also goes by the name South Park, which is to the north and lies within the downtown area. There the name refers to a district that has been targeted by investors and developers over the past several years with cooperation from the government to be built around and outward from the local convention center and the Staples Center for the purpose of attracting businesses and further investment in the surrounding areas. This targeted development has been part of a grander plan to revitalize all of downtown to its historical glamour. This northern South Park is now a lively area with shopping zones, performance spaces, and mostly upscale residential construction, and is generally pedestrian-friendly with plenty of access to heavily-used public transportation. Development there is ongoing at a rapid pace. By severe contrast, residents of the southern South Park, which lies south of Vernon Avenue, experience the same issues as do those who live in South Central and in the surrounding communities, such as low incomes resulting from the recent loss of industrial jobs, limited education and employment opportunities, and the perception by outsiders of being a dangerous area to visit.

To the east of South Central, separated from it by Central Avenue, is the city of Vernon and the historic Clement Junction, an important railroad junction established in the late nineteenth century to connect shipping railway lines coming north from the Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors toward downtown Los Angeles with lines connecting L.A. to central and northern California. While many of the industries that made use of close access to the railroad junctions have left the area, the trains continue to roll through.

There is a single community college in South Central that employs about four hundred eighty faculty and staff and provides vocational and academic education to around thirty-five thousand students at a time. Employees who live or work in South Central Los Angeles may find themselves being exploited by their employers who may benefit by reinforcing the impression in the workers that they are replaceable. As a result, many workers may feel they have no choice but to accept working overtime without just compensation, working without being provided meal breaks or rest breaks, or at times being made to clock out at a certain point and keep working to complete a task that benefits the employer. Complaining about violations of their rights can lead to termination. Workers who find themselves in a situation such as this can call us for a free consultation.