Rosecrans Avenue, the infamous main traffic street of Compton, seems to have come a long way from its high homicide rate that peaked in 1994. Now, in 2014, the City of Compton has hosted a website for quite a while in an attempt to redraw the image of the city of Compton.
Piru Bloods and South Side Crips, the two infamous gangs that are most noted for the brutal violence that spanned through the early nineties, came about after the fallout of the “crack epidemic” that plagued the mid-1980′s. Drugs, violence, prostitution, retribution killings, drive-by shootings and public executions to mark turf – these were all problems that Compton was known for. Drugs
are everywhere nowadays, but probation doesn’t seem to stop them in Compton (as it doesn’t seem to stop use in most cases).
N.W.A. was the first to admit that they were coming straight outta compton, but many followed the five-man group. Other rappers came out of Compton, too, but N.W.A. is pretty much the face of Compton if you ask an outsider. But what about today? What happened to the violence and bloodshed?
The violent gang lifestyle and drug dealing has not stopped by any means – however, it is not nearly as bad as it was before. It seems as though a majority of the “true OG’s” are incarcerated or dead, by any reasonable thought of what happens to people who kill. But now, Compton’s got a changing face (not Two-Face, Batman)
Compton is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It is home to almost 100,000 citizens. Known as the “Hub City” because of its unique position in almost the exact geographical center of Los Angeles County, Compton is strategically located along the Alameda Corridor, a passageway of 25 percent of all U.S. waterborne international trade. Compton is rapidly emerging as a large industrial center in Los Angeles County for transit and distribution, business services, high technology, home and lifestyle products, metals, financial services, and textile manufacturing.
Now, we don’t live in a perfect world. In fact, I think that over 20 some years, law enforcement probably has done the area much good. Just a couple months ago, a gang sweep got even more gang members incarcerated. But one problem that is outstanding, that makes Compton a true place for Gangsters, aside from dealing illegal drugs is the real illegal black market: milk.