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Preschool: The Answer to Los Angeles’s Academic Troubles?

By Alex Abels The final of a four-part series on Jefferson Park and the changing urban neighborhood. At 1 p.m. on a Thursday in April, four-year-old Tony Williams appears to be living every kid’s dream – whizzing down the slide … Continue reading

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Jefferson Branch Library: Never judge a book by its cover

By Alex Abels The third of a four-part series on Jefferson Park and the changing urban neighborhood. The Jefferson Branch Library, open for nearly a century, is a building that has witnessed the changing landscape and make-up of the Jefferson … Continue reading

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A neighborhood icon survives the swirl of urban change

This is the second of a four-part series on Jefferson Park and the changing urban neighborhood. Almost every community has one – a place to hang out, grab a bite, see friends and feel safe – think Central Perk in … Continue reading

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Jefferson Park’s evolution tells urban America’s story

This is the first of a four-part series on Jefferson Park and the changing urban neighborhood. South Los Angeles has changed drastically over the past 150 years with many events adding to the changing face of the area.  Jefferson Park, … Continue reading

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