Bridging the Opportunity Divide

15 Images That Reveal the Heart and Spirit of One of L.A.’s Toughest Neighborhoods

March 6, 2015
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15 Images That Reveal the Heart and Spirit of One of L.A.’s Toughest Neighborhoods
Chris, 20, sits in the park adjacent to the Jordan Downs Recreation Center. When asked about the prospective changes at Jordan Downs, Chris responds, “It could be better, but it could be worse.” Isadora Kosofsky for NationSwell
Take a look what life is like at the Jordan Downs housing project.

Jordan Downs is one of Los Angeles’s most underserved communities — but that’s about to change.

The 700-unit public housing project is home to nearly 3,000 residents and for decades, it has struggled with high crime rates and crumbling infrastructure. But recently, plans have been made to transform the neighborhood into a thriving “urban village.”

The proposal, created by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), calls for recreational parks and retail on site and would double the amount of available housing. It also includes plans for vocational training and job creation for current residents of Jordan Downs, where is the current average household income is $14,594.

Los Angeles-based photographer Isadora Kosofsky recently photographed Jordan Downs for NationSwell to capture a snapshot of this community on the brink of change.

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READ MORE: Inside the Revival of One of the Nation’s Most Notorious Housing Projects
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