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"A City Trying To Improve Its Reputation..."

Compton is located in the southern portion of Los Angeles County and has the reputation as being one of the more violent areas in the city, however, recent statistics claim the murder rate has declined by as much as thirty percent. Regardless, it is not a place you want to walk around at night and some areas are questionable during the day.

Situated between the I-105 and 91 freeway, Compton is approximately 17 miles from downtown Los Angeles. This lower middle class community does offer affordable housing and many question if Compton is really as bad as it is portrayed by the media. Many top Gangsta Rap and Hip Hop groups originated from Compton and have contributed to the city’s dangerous reputation due to their music lyrics and graphic videos. And yes, gangs are here no doubt about it.

The good news is that major businesses have popped up, like Best Buy, Target, Wells Fargo and a few other chain stores. However, to be clear, there are some dangerous areas that really need to be avoided, especially areas in the north section of Compton. Many residents say the area along the 91 is safer.

Education in Compton has improved in recent years, though many years ago test scores were the lowest in the state of California and the school district was 20 million dollars in debt. But even today, test scores are still lower than the national average.

Compton’s police force was disbanded in 2000 because of corruption charges and despite efforts of a few to reinstate the department, the City Council did not offer enough support. Today, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department protects the city. The city government itself has had its share of issues, with salary controversies; recall petitions, city manager firings and large deficits.

All in all, while improvements are noticed in Compton, it has a ways to go to shake its crime ridden reputation.
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