Historic Central Avenue Los Angeles

Historical Sketches

From northern terminus of Central Avenue at First Street, where Euro-American, Japanese and African Americans shared experiences in Little Tokyo (aka Bronzeville from 1943-47), to the hub of West Coast Jazz at 42nd Place in Vernon Central (1930s-50s), to the Watts Towers at 107th Street (a proposed World Heritage Site), and further south to its southern terminus at East Del Amo in the City of Carson (just north of Long Beach and just south of Compton), Central Avenue, considered as a "corridor," encompassing many blocks to east and west of Central Avenue, has played a unique and significant role in Los Angeles and world history.

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