Departures is KCET's hyper-local web documentary, community engagement tool and digital literacy program about the cultural history of Los Angeles' neighborhoods.

THE CORNFIELD

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In 2005, a 32-acre industrial brown field in Chinatown became a locus for political infighting and intrigue between local real estate developers, community activists and artists, each group claiming the land in the name of a different vision and use. Out of that conflict grew the Los Angeles State Historic Park, which provided a much needed sliver of green space to the area.

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