Inglewood: A Diamond No Longer in the Rough

Thursday, September 15, 2016 Written by 
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What do you call something that is brilliant and extraordinary, but has been hidden or overlooked?  The Urban Dictionary calls it a “diamond in the rough.”  


Here’s the definition:  “Someone (or something) that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make them (or it) truly stand out from the crowd.”


The phrase is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realized through the cutting and polishing process.


Seeing the amazing transformation that has been going on in the city of Inglewood in the last 2-3 years is not unlike this analogy.  Inglewood has always had its own unique place in the South Bay, as home to professional basketball, hockey and horse racing, modest climate, affordable homes, a community feel, and close freeway access to literally everywhere.


Being a city made up predominately of people of color, who respect each others’ cultures adds a special glow to this diamond of a city.  


Now, with so many positive changes happening—it seems all at once—Inglewood is coming into its own.  With billion-dollar investments in new business, entertainment and residential real estate, major street improvements, accolades by major news agencies and improved credit ratings, the city is proving that it does indeed have what it takes to stand out from the crowd.  I don’t think there is a single city in the country right now that is evolving as quickly and positively as Inglewood.


It’s obvious that residents and businesses here have been given a special opportunity to be part of something great.  And people have been contacting our Inglewood Today office, wanting us to show more people in the world what this great city looks like.


We’ve been asked to do more stories on new businesses, street improvements, entertainment and community programs. People are proud of what they’re seeing and are proud to call Inglewood home.   As your “community connection,” we are committed to making Inglewood known as the brilliant diamond that it is—not a diamond in the rough, but one that is valued and unhidden, shining brightly on its own, for all the world to see.  


If you have certain things in your neighborhood that have impressed you in the last few years, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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