$1B Watts housing makeover: Better-looking buildings. Better lives?

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Old Jordan Downs housing, dating back to the 1940s and 50s, stand next to new apartment units that are part of redevelopment in the background. Photo by Saul Gonzalez.

The redevelopment of the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts will more than double its size and is expected to show what decent public housing could be.

Six Starbucks stores across LA are set to shut down by the end of July, and more closures are expected. Some union organizers say it’s an intimidation tactic so employees don’t unionize.

Avant Garde composer Julias Eastman is known for his provocative minimalist compositions. On July 23, LA-based ensemble Wild Up will perform his “Femenine” at the Broad Museum.