As the director of the Center for Southern California Studies at the California State University at Northridge, historian and professor Josh Sides
has delved deep into the evolution of urban development in Southern California and the impact it has had on the region, and African-Americans in particular. Sides' research and scholarly eloquence is articulated in his book, City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present
where he clearly associates the current conditions of Los Angeles' inner city ethnic enclaves with the existence of racial covenants established in the early part of the 20th Century. In the following interviews, Sides explains the development of Compton as a result of land speculation and its proximity to the entertainment industry.