South Central


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South Los Angeles (often abbreviated as South L.A. and also known as South Central) is a large geographic and cultural portion lying to the southwest and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. The area was formerly called South Central, and is still widely known as such. It borders the Westside on the northwest, and Downtown Los Angeles on the northeast.

In 2003, the city of Los Angeles changed the area's name from South Central to South Los Angeles in hopes of removing the associations of urban decay and street crime with which the name South Central had become associated. The Los Angeles Times initially used both the old and new names in reference to the area, but in recent years has used the name South Los Angeles almost exclusively. Some residents of the Los Angeles area (including residents of the area itself) still use the name South Central.