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Dotted by empty lots and awkward pedestrian walkways, L.A.’s Civic Center is a strange mishmash of city, state and federal buildings. For years, city planners have been floating ideas to make the Civic Center more cohesive and now that downtown is booming, there’s a new urgency to re-envision the space. And all this week, we’re taking a look back at the 1965 Watts riots. Today, Madeleine explores the forces that crafted Watts into an African American community in the ‘40s and ‘50s. It’s a story of racist housing policy and segregation and we’re still seeing the effects of those policies today. Then, Amnesty International voted to support policies that decriminalize sex work yesterday. Many human rights advocates, including former President Jimmy Carter, pushed Amnesty to adopt the Swedish model—in which sex workers are not penalized, but the buyers are. Finally, the City of Long Beach has decided to overhaul its parking rules less insane. Currently, street sweeping restrictions start at 4 a.m., which means getting up before dawn to move your car. Parking tickets are one of the most reliable fundraising tools a city has, but definitely not the best.

Banner Image: Downtown Los Angeles Civic Center (currently)

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Re-imagining L.A. Civic Center 10 MIN, 31 SEC

L.A.’s Civic Center is a strange mishmash of city, state and federal buildings, dotted by empty lots and awkward pedestrian walkways. And then there’s the L.A. Mall - a hundred thousand square feet of underground retail space that’s only about a third occupied. For years, city planners have been floating ideas to make the Civic Center more cohesive. Now that downtown is booming, there’s a new urgency to re-envision the space.

Guests:
Eddie Kim, Los Angeles Downtown News (@eddiekimx)

Watts Riots: Housing Policies 17 MIN, 57 SEC

All this week, we’re taking a look back at the 1965 Watts riots. Today, we explore how housing policies contributed to unrest in Watts. Madeleine explores the forces that crafted Watts into an African American community in the ‘40s and ‘50s. It’s a story of racist housing policy and segregation; we’re still seeing the effects of those policies today.

Photo: Real estate agent Beverly Moore shows off a house in Watts.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Decriminalizing Sex Work 9 MIN, 23 SEC

Yesterday, the global human rights group Amnesty International voted to support policies that decriminalize sex work. That includes selling sex, buying sex, or being the owner of a brothel. About 400 Amnesty delegates from 60 different countries voted on the proposal, which is the result of two years of research. Many human rights advocates, including former President Jimmy Carter, pushed Amnesty to adopt the Swedish model—in which sex workers are not penalized, but the buyers are.

Guests:
Melissa Gira Grant, author, 'Playing the Whore' (@melissagira)

Playing the Whore

Melissa Gira Grant

Parking Tickets as a Moneymaking Tool 7 MIN, 6 SEC

The City of Long Beach has decided to make its parking rules less insane. Currently, street sweeping restrictions start at 4 a.m., which means getting up before dawn to move your car. These restrictions led to plenty of tickets and plenty of cash in the city coffers. Parking tickets are one of the most reliable fundraising tools a city has, but definitely not the best.

Guests:
Michael Manville, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

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