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South Central Farm - A History
South Central Farm - A History
South Central Farm - A History
South Central Farm - A History
South Central Farm - A History
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South Central Farm - A History

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A short visual exploration of the history and political context of the South Central Farm. Includes multiple media types with a focus on the fine line between the law and what is right.

A short visual exploration of the history and political context of the South Central Farm. Includes multiple media types with a focus on the fine line between the law and what is right.

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  • 1. The history of the South Central farm is spotted with conflicts between land owners and land users, a complicated and messy space. There is a legal truth to this situation as well as a moral and subjective truth. The truth in general is that both truths are true. In the 1990s, a community had embraced this land as a public resource (which it was) after a proposal to build an incinerator failed to pass the litmus test with the residents of South Central LA. Unfortunately, after the community had been established, ownership changed hands and a private land owner wanted to use his new acquisition just like any real-estate developer does. Long story short, the property was bulldozed and the beauty of the South Central Farm was lost. The best part about this story is that a new farm is beginning to grow.
  • 2. While building economic independence is one reason why the farm worked so well, another is the fact that a true community forsters a sense of family and mutual dependence. This leads to healthy people. Successful Ecosystems This is what a community is. Integrating communities with the resources they need to become financially independent from structures that economically prohibit upward mobility.
  • 3. ailure of the Law F The problem with the law is that it does not always serve the people it is supposed to. Many people have pointed out, that the role of government is to protect people in the minority from being overwhelmed by the sheer force of the majority. This may seem counterintuitive in a democratic society, but in fact, it is a keystone in the way our world functions. This situation typifies the types of conflicts that can occur between a powerful majority and a small minority. You see, the private land owner was in the minority, and the law protected his interests. But who is right in this situation? Is it the people who are all standing on humanistic grounds, or is it the landowner who has a legal right to develop the land any way he wants? What is right is not always easy to find.
  • 4. Today there is a new farm being built. The South Central Farm is just a collection of people. People adapt. We’ve learned that in many situations, the law does not listen to subtlety. The law is a blunt tool and is not designed to delicately resolve conflicts.
  • 5. Willie Hartman - 2014
  • 6. Location East 41st and South Alameda -118.242718, 34.009263 Citations! Helen DeMichiel. (2011, August). Open Space Documentary. uoregon.edu. Educational/University. Retrieved from http://aaablogs.uoregon.edu/participatorymedia/files/2011/08/OpenSpaceDoc.pdf Johnson, G. T. (2013). Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles. University of California Press. McIntosh, J. (2006a). Bulldozed South Central Farm in South Central Los Angeles, California. The 14 acres located at 41st and Alameda St. was one of the largest urban gardens in the United States until it’s destruction in June 2006. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SCF_bulldozed_26.jpg McIntosh, J. (2006b). Bulldozed South Central Farm in South Central Los Angeles, California. The 14 acres located at 41st and Alameda St. was one of the largest urban gardens in the United States until it’s destruction in June 2006. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SCF_bulldozed_02.jpg McIntosh, J. (2006c). Farmers at the South Central Farm in the city of Los Angeles California. The 14 acres located at 41st and Alameda St. is one of the largest urban gardens in the United States. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:South_Central_Farm_64.jpg McIntosh, J. (2006d). One of 360 plots at the South Central Farm in the city of Los Angeles California. The 14 acres located at 41st and Alameda St. is one of the largest urban gardens in the United States. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:South_Central_Farm_10.jpg McIntosh, J. (2006e). South Central Farm in the city of Los Angeles California. The 14 acres located at 41st and Alameda St. is one of the largest urban gardens in the United States. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File%3ASouth_Central_Farm_4.jpg McIntosh, J. (2006f). South Central Farm in the city of Los Angeles California. The 14 acres located at 41st and Alameda St. is one of the largest urban gardens in the United States. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:South_Central_Farm_1.jpg McIntosh, J. (2006g). South Central Farm in the city of Los Angeles California. The 14 acres located at 41st and Alameda St. is one of the largest urban gardens in the United States. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:South_Central_Farm_58.jpg McIntosh, P. (1990). White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Amptoons.com. Personal. Retrieved from http://amptoons.com/blog/files/mcintosh.html South Central Farm. (2014, February 9). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia. org/w/index.php?title=South_Central_Farm&oldid=592635886 Willie Hartman - 2014

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