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Chesterfield Square

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This neighborhood has the highest crime rate in a county

of ten million residents. I am familiar with this area from teaching at Western Avenue school. This is a nice neighborhood with neat single family homes populated by older African-Americans and younger Hispanic families.

It is under nightly onslaught by drug gangs. The Mayor

doesn't give a damn. The residents are invisible to him.

Well-kept Chesterfield Square contradicts the broken-windows theory of crime increase.

There is nothing wrong on those mean streets that couldn't be erased by increased LAPD presence. That won't happen because the crime victims are local minorities rather than USC foreign students.




June 2, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.

I grew up in this area in the '50s when it was at first mostly white, but different ethnicities. In the mid-50's African Americans moved in and the bad crime started. My mother actually left her key in the ignition of her car habitually until one morning she discovered it stolen. We had a hot prowl in our house while my mother, grandmother and I slept. We couldn't take the crime anymore and left for San Diego County. But, it was a wonderful, clean, fairly crime-free place full of well-kept modest homes. I had a Bavarian friend when I was under 6 and we used to float his sailboats in the fountain at Leimert Park. I attended Sunday School at a Lutheran Church in Chesterfield Square, because my babysitter was the minister's daughter, Julia. I used to pick the little daisies in the grass to take home for my mother. Some elderly people had been living on our street (Cimarron) since WWI when the houses were new and they were newly married.

What's wrong with the park being named after a white guy? White guys started the neighborhood. It's part of the history of the place.

— Bronya
September 28, 2011 at 10:32 p.m.

Place where i live but lot of crime headed to college though

— DaQuan
January 9, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.

Other neighborhoods or cities have the fame for crim;however,Chesterfield Square has the statistics.

— Jose
October 8, 2010 at 10:02 a.m.

wow chesterfield square takes the gold 4 been the worse in Violent crime

— rosehills 90032
September 30, 2010 at 9:34 p.m.

The city of Angels, My Life here made me who i am today 1973-1990 64th and Cimmaron, This Community was and still is rich with heritage it i had White Neighbors Spanish all hard working People, Teachers retired athletes, from 59th st Elementary, Horace Mann and then the the Greatest High School in Los Angeles Crenshaw we were one of the first areas to start the neighborhood watch program, I was very sadden to know the area had been named Chesterfield Square i lived here all through the golden 80s and never heard of Mr. Chesterfield we have had Classic movies Made in and about our Hood, Growing up Here Made me who i am Today. I now reside in Atlanta and Have a family of my own, but i will never forget growing up in West South Central...

— Vintage South Central
October 21, 2009 at 4 a.m.

Part II - " In da hood "

Yes I grew up in what the officials call "Chesterfiled Square", but some affectionaly call it "da hood". I know some people associate a hood with negative images. I don't. I see it as a mix of families from different ethic backgrouds, black, Latins, Asians, some white, belizians, working and living in the same area co-existing raising their respective families and wanting a better lifes for themselves and their families. I look around and see many senior citizens, middle aged, and young people. Their is a true community spirit amoung ourselves in that we do look out for each other in own ways. Many blocks have families that have been on them for three and four generations. Overall the people that live in our community are good hard working honest people. We love our community and want a better quality of life like all citizens in Los Angeles.

I m a resident that believes that we are in fact our brothers keeper. We must remain focused towards providing quality of life issues the attention they deserve. Now is the time to become active in organizations and issues that effect the quality of life for you and your familes.

Life in da hood is beautiful, but we must all work towards makeing sure it will be the place that we want to continue to live.

Afterall this home!

— Mix It Up
August 30, 2009 at 11:01 a.m.

I grew up in the Chesterfield Square area. People who grew up here, we call it "the hood". I personally feel we should rename it to represent us? Who is this Chesterfield guy anyway, I heard he was some white guy from way back in the 1930's? I went to Horace Mann,Crenshaw High & UCLA. I m a baby boomer and still live in the area. It was a beautiful middle class African American Laten area for years. I remember white flight. When we moved on our block there were still a lot of whites living there in 1965... by the early seventies, eighties, and nineties it has become African African, Latins, and Belizian. My family still lives in the area. Some of the hidden treasures are the homes and families in the area. They are hard working people who what the same things as everyone else in America. I love it because it is me in every sense of the word from family and friends... it's me. The downside is the increase of violence in the area due to the next generation of youths through violence, drug addicts, and increased crime across the board. Unemployment is high and there are a lot of people hanging around during the day with nothing to do?

I m a part of our local Nieghborhood Council funded by the city of Los Angeles... we do our little part to empower, educate our neighbors with monthly meetings and projects but our biggest problem is apathy within our community? Many people seem to not care about our community. But we try anyway to be a spark of good within our community. I Love the Liermert Park area of the city... It's a great cultural landmark with a lot of cultural activities all the time.

In closing, I will say.. that I love my community, the good with the bad and will continue to live, work, and help improve it until the day I leave this earth.

— Mixitup1a
August 20, 2009 at 7:46 a.m.

Chesterfield Square

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the South L.A. region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Harvard Park, Hyde Park, Inglewood, Manchester Square and Vermont Square.
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