Inglewood Speaks Out

Monday, December 28, 2015 Written by 
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The topic and issue of gentrification of urban neighborhoods is an obviously touchy one, but with that question being asked on a consistent basis here in Inglewood, it was time to touch on it ourselves.


In a week’s time, the article circulated around the community,  sparking conversations with residents from Compton to Culver City to San Bernardino to both Manhattan and Redondo Beach. We asked the question,” Can Gentrification Be A Good Thing For Inglewood?” and received more than 30K views and 200 comments


Here are some of the things that were said:


“I’m happy with the direction the city is moving in. The people we vote for must be doing their jobs. We need a makeover citywide! But also they need rent control in this city! If the football team comes here our rent might skyrocket to over $2,000 per month!” – Thomas Bayes


“Inglewood is definitely changing before our eyes and for the better economically. This is a place people want to be a part of. I certainly do, I support our A-1 City Council Team 100% as we move forward to a better future.”- Larry Rigsby


“Inglewood has been gentrified for decades. The real issues are corporations displacing the jobs and families that have built that city up in order to turn a quick profit.” – Christopher Willingham


“I’m all for gentrification as long as we can convince city officials to establish a rent control ordinance to ensure residents living here, who voted for the redevelopment of this community, can continue to afford to live in this community.” – Richard Smith


“Inglewood needs help. It is a socioeconomic issue.  Look at downtown LA! Who would have thought it could be so beautiful? There are many new establishments, some black-owned, that equals jobs and revenue. No one wants to work all day and come home to a "hood."- Cynthia Brown


“Gentrification is only good for the haves, not the have-not’s.” Kimberly McElrath


“The issue with gentrification isn’t race at its core, it’s about a community’s ability to foster upward mobility for its residents. In the case of Inglewood, most of the employers in the community are retail stores (Costco, Home Depot etc) and we all know they don’t provide living wages to workers. As new businesses come into the community, maybe we (can) establish 50-55% local hire and living wage requirements to full-time employees, and some sort of rent control.” – Reggie Noble   


 Let’s keep this conversation going. Email your thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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