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The Neighborhood Project: Baldwin Hills

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There is so much more to Baldwin Hills than meets the eye.

Home to the largest middle and upper middle-class African American community in Los Angeles, this hillside neighborhood ties together one of the most important strongholds of black culture in town, forming the residential nexus of the Crenshaw area. Baldwin Hills has gone through many permutations over the decades, and has been the site of some of the most significant events in the city's recent history, having since the 1930s hosted an Olympics, a who's who of black Hollywood and one of the city's most amazing natural disasters.

Through it all Baldwin Hills has continued to endure, and today is a tight-knit enclave determined to preserve its past while looking boldly towards its future.

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Your tour of wonderful Baldwin Hills begins after the jump...