00:00:00 | 3:02:50




This the third part of a week of programs on the violence, causes and aftermath of the Rodney King riots that devastated so much of Los Angeles 20 years ago. More than 50 people were killed, thousands were injured. Estimates of property damage were in excess of $1 billion. Today, we learn how some architects and designers responded to the "deep sense of evil" and "license for disobedience" they felt after the violence was over.  We focus on efforts to reconstruct South LA, the dramatic transformation of Koreatown and how devastation led to inspiration. (For additional KCRW coverage of the 1992 riots, go to http://KCRW.com/LARiots.)

Banner image: Koreatown, from Olympic Boulevard, looking east towards downtown. Photo by Kenneth Han

Main Topic South LA 30 MIN, 13 SEC

South Los Angeles will be more connected -- quite literally — when the new Expo Line opens to much fanfare this coming weekend. Metro's newest line will go from Pico and Flower downtown, south to USC and then west all the way to Culver City. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez recently took a preview ride with Metro CEO Arthur Leahy and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

Peter Ueberroth, businessman
Bernard Kinsey, philanthropist and entrepreneur
Jackie Dupont Walker, Ward Economic Development Corporation
Richard Riordan, former Mayor of Los Angeles (@RichardJRiordan)
John Bryant, Operation Hope (@johnhopebryant)
Carolyn Hull, Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles
David Roberts, University of Southern California
Kerman Maddox, First AME Church
Rochelle Mills, South Los Angeles Area Planning Commission
Hector Sanchez, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (@Hesanche)

Main Topic Koreatown 18 MIN, 17 SEC

Koreatown was officially designated an LA neighborhood in 1978.  It's five square miles just west of downtown, between Beverly and Olympic on the North and South and, roughly, between Wilton and Crenshaw on the east and west. Among American cities, only Midtown Manhattan and Chicago's North Side are more densely populated.  Koreatown has the largest Korean population outside of Korea itself, but the largest resident group is Hispanics. During the riot, Koreatown experienced more property damage than the rest of the city put together.

Jerry Yu, Cal State Fullerton
Kai Ma, Asian-American Writers Workshop (@kai_ma)
Alex Ko, filmmaker

Main Topic Inner City Arts and the Utopian Moment for Architects 10 MIN, 44 SEC

The violence and rioting of 1992 were terrifying for the city. But for some people, they were also inspiring. KCRW's Frances Anderton visited Inner City Arts, a nonprofit arts school near Skid Row in downtown LA.

Michael Maltzan, Michael Maltzan Architecture (@maltzanarch)
Bob Bates, Inner City Arts
Orlene and Alex, Inner City Arts
David Miranda, Inner City Arts alumnus
Morris Newman, California Planning and Development Report (@cal_plan)
Michaele Pride, University of New Mexico


Warren Olney

Frances Anderton

Subscribe to the 5 Things To Do newsletter

Never miss the best of what to do with your free time.


More From Which Way, L.A.?


Latest From KCRW

View Schedule


View All Events


Player Embed Code