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Neighborhood Spotlight: Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw finds itself in transition again

Neighborhood Spotlight: Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw finds itself in transition again

Few vantage points offer better views of L.A. than those in Baldwin Hills, where millions of years of sedimentary deposits in the ancient sea left behind a series of high domes on the flat surface of the basin.

Those rugged heights offer spectacular vistas for hikers, provide hillside perches for homes in one of the country’s most affluent African American neighborhoods and conceal the remains of one of the richest deposits of oil in the Southland.

The steep, crumbling terrain of the Hills kept developers at bay for most of the early expansion of L.A. There was no streetcar, and the vast, open plains around it provided a seemingly endless supply of land to subdivide and...

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