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Manchester Square

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  • What makes this a good place to live? What are the downsides?


What the hell is happening there? What are the Police doing to fight this crime wave? The number of crimes daily is frighting to say the least. Do you all feel safe when walking down your very own streets? It seems that a vast amount of crime/s happen in certain areas. If someone can explain to me this amazing situation, then I would understand the dynamics of this area a little better. Concerned Matt.

— Matthew Nelson Australia
August 5, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.

There will never be perfection, particularly in an urban neighborhood. What may be a deal breaker to you may be no big deal to someone else. From experience, the peace of Manchester Square will sometimes be interrupted by helicopters and sirens. At the same time, the "unity" that outsiders and the media see as lacking manifests itself in quite deeper and more personal ways in this community. The small things for your neighbor, like pulling in their trash can for them, sharing a bumper crop of lemons from your backyard tree, or checking on them when you don't see them for awhile are regularly done here. Usually without disregard for income or status. Not sure if the same can be said for more affluent, less so-called "drive-by" prone areas. And for all of the area's negatives, the "drive-bys" from ice cream trucks playing Jingle Bells in the middle of summer are a bit more frequent than the ones from gangbangers.

And for those of you who don't live in the area (e.g. Rosehill 90032), please refrain from pushing misinformation about a neighborhood that you live far from (and have doubtfully experienced). Most of the reason why there is a reputation is not necessarily because of the true reality but because of outsiders creating and insiders trying to live up to stereotypes.

— nativeangel
July 31, 2011 at 3:41 p.m.

True, Manchester Square has beautiful homes, nice lawn, and neighbors who are comfortable socializing. Blacks in the neighborhood are respectful towards each other. However, I am concerned about the drive by shootings... Has there ever be an upside to owning a gun? Can we get a measureable number which tracks the number of these in the community? I'd love to live here, but there's seems to be an absence of unity in this community.

— Concerned
June 21, 2011 at 4:43 p.m.

I bought my house in Manchester Square eight years ago and I've really enjoyed the neighborhood. It is quiet, centrally located, well maintained and frendly. However, as many of the older residents, many of whom had been there for decades, have moved on I do sense a change in the environment. There is less pride of ownership (as evidenced by some unkempt lawns and structures), less respect for neighbors and, generally, less feeling of community. Hopefully, the trend is not irreversible as it would be a shame to see the neighborhood decline after so many years of stability.

— Shelton
April 25, 2011 at 9:29 a.m.

Manchester Square is the former home of the Grim Sleeper and Monster Kody and was ground zero for the 1992 uprising. Manchester Square has an understandable reputation for violence. Although most of the news is bad, I administer a Facebook page for Manchester Square and hope for better days in the future:

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 1:58 p.m.

good luck too the new homeowner . where violent crime is sky high"

— rosehill 90032
October 16, 2010 at 12:02 p.m.

I just purchased my first house in this neighborhood. it is tranquil, beautiful, clean an well kept. pride of ownwership.It's r1 so that means no appartment buildings and no condos.

— new homeowner
October 11, 2010 at 2:34 p.m.

My aunt and uncle have lived there since the early 60's. Still a very nice and quiet area.

May 23, 2010 at 6:25 p.m.

I bought my home in July 1997. It was nearly 8 years before I heard a police helicopter near my street of La Salle/76th. I've raised 3 sons in my home and have no intention of moving. My neighbors maintain their properties as do I. It is still one of the quietest neighborhoods I've seen in L.A.

Best kept secret in town.

— Michael P
January 17, 2010 at 7:32 a.m.

I grew up in the Manchester neighboorhood, lived their for 22 years. I remember Murrays liquor store, Ledux's fish market, the pit- bbq, and the hamburger stan called "quick and split,owned by a friends family all on Western Avenue. My mom owned a beauth Salon "Montez's" on 76th and western, right next to the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor owned by the Worthams. But in the early seventies the crips moved in and our neighboorhood became drug and gang invested. After that was cleaned up it became the quite neighborhood I once knew. I visited their in 2008, the homes are still well kept, and all was quiet. Most of the neighbors are retired, and some have moved out. You can still get to Playa del rey beach in 20 minutes.

— Odessa Shepherd
August 26, 2009 at 10:47 a.m.

Completely agree with Anonymous Homeowner's comments. Middle class neighborhood where people take great pride in and care for their homes and communities. One of the few places where people actually know the names of and have conversations -- yes, conversations! -- with their neighbors. Yes, it is "South L.A." but is one of the quiet gems that people don't know about.

— Anonymous Long-Term Resident
July 23, 2009 at 6:14 p.m.

Beautiful homes built around the 1930s/1940s - Spanish colonial, Tudor style - similar yet each distinct with lots of built-in details.

Homeowners take pride in their lawns and are often found working on them instead of contracting it out.

An oasis in urban LA once you drive into the community!

On the verge of transforming and I hope the new homeowners will keep up the beautiful history of the place yet bring badly need urban development especially along Florence and Manchester.

— Anonymous Homeowner
June 3, 2009 at 2:10 p.m.

Manchester Square

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the South L.A. region of Los Angeles County.
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