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We don't hear much about the Hip Hop Summit Action Network on this side of the country. Their focus has always seemed a little East Coast but the grant and support they've given in association with Pepsi for the launch of the Imperial Courts Music and Arts Development Project in Watts is very interesting. We're not sure that a music studio would be at the top of our list of needs for the long suffering housing project and city but we like the idea and the standards they are setting for it. After much debate, it seems the Housing Authority and Police Commission agree.

But with a shooting nearby earlier this month, we just hope that the dream and the project will outlast the violence.