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Compton as the Bellwether for Urban America

Compton as the Bellwether for Urban America

Rap group N.W.A. glorified Compton as ground zero of urban Black life -- while at the same time the city's demographics showed a shift towards a Latino majority.
Politicians On Video - Part I

Politicians On Video - Part I

Departures has sought out and collected oral histories from nine prominent current and former Southern California elected officials. This week Land of Sunshine takes a tour of the ...
What Do Neanderthals + Pacific Electric Red Cars Have in Common?

What Do Neanderthals + Pacific Electric Red Cars Have in Common?

For decades, two late, great, robust institutions were errantly maligned. Both were considered extinct. Both were large and said to have lumbered. Both were thought to have failed ...
NPR Features Compton's Richland Farms

NPR Features Compton's Richland Farms

KCET's Departures' oral history and interactive documentary project showcases Richland farms, a hidden urban agricultural pocket of Compton.
Compton Creek Paths

Compton Creek Paths

Compton Creek is a nearly 6 mile ride. The upper section, just under three miles long, parallels the creek. It's a more urban ride along vertical concrete walls. Sycamore trees lin ...
Richland Farms

Richland Farms

When Griffith D. Compton donated his land to incorporate and create the city of Compton in 1889, he stipulated that a certain acreage be zoned for agricultural purposes only, and R ...
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