Watts

Watts


Located southwest and one of LAs smallest neighborhood, Watts is a high-density residential district with a large part consisting of renters, inhabited mainly by Mexicans and Negroes, attracting artists and professionals. Infamous for the riots of 1965, which led to loss of many lives, today Watts stands as a model city with its fast-food eateries, well-guarded check-cashing shops, a locality of industrious families, and several big housing projects including Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens, and Imperial Courts.

Major landmarks include the Watts Towers, group of folk-art towers, created single-handedly by the Italian immigrant and construction worker Simon Rodia over a period of three decades, from 1921 to 1954. The famous monument consists of varying heights and shapes, with the tallest nearly 100 ft high, made of pipe structures of steel, stone, scrap metal, bottle caps, china shards, glass bits, thousands of seashells and bed frames. This collection of 17 interconnected structures was accepted as an important work of art, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. Other attraction include the Watts Tower Arts Center, an adjacent community arts center, Watts Station, one of the first buildings in Watts, the train station is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.




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