Spring Garden Tour 2018 Recap


20180506_161521I had the awesome pleasure of attending the 2018 Spring Garden Tour “Blooms With A View” hosted by View Park, Windsor Hills, and View Heights residents.  The tour showcased beautiful gardens and a wonderful vendor fair filled with art, crafts, plants20180506_160224 and more.  The Spring Garden Tour is a bi-annual event that first began 19 years ago in efforts showcase the luxurious gardens right here in our own backyards, literally.  I would like to thank all the participants for opening their yards and sharing them with us.  See you guys again in 2020!  Check some of the Vendors below.

Inspired Garden Artistry


Cultural Interiors – 323.292.1500

Floral Visions – floralvisions@sbcglobal.net – 310.667.1113

GreenArt Landscape Designs – 323.939.9281

Kersey Girl Creations – 323.792.4243

La Placita – 12710 Washington Blvd, 90066 – 310.350.7110

MB Landscaping & Nursery – 310.619.4170

Ricardo’s Nursery – 562-428-7252

Enkone Art That Breathes – Enkone@ymail.com

Median Park In The New 9th


Every neighborhood deserves a park, but in the Ninth District, open space is scarce and adding green space has been a chronic challenge. But this weekend, Councilmember Curren Price joined with  members of CANNDU Neighborhood Council, local residents, volunteers and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust to break ground on a brand new park which will convert an under-utilized median into a lush parkway. When completed the project will include fitness zones, a toddler playground, picnic areas and a tree-lined seating area.

The Avalon and Gage Park was first identified by CANNDU neighborhood council and local residents in 2002. The goal was to create a neighborhood space for the densely populated but park-poor area. What started out as a plan to bring some planters and seating to the intersection of avalon and Gage quickly grew into a dream of creating a park for residents of all ages to enjoy. In 2009, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust got involved and worked with the neighborhood council to secure Prop K funding as well as facilitate  a community design process.

” The New Ninth is about bringing a transformation to our community, replacing blights and neglect with the kinds of amenities that so many other parts of our city enjoy,” said Councilman Curren Price. ” Nothing says change like taking an under used median and converting it into a park for residents of all ages to enjoy. I am excited and eager to see this project completed and thank the Neighborhood Land Trust and all of our partners for their investment and support.”

New Ninth Median Park

8th Annual Taste of Soul Is Back Upon Us!


Taste of Soul is back upon us!  This Saturday, October 19, 2013 one of the largest street festival, if not the largest in Los Angeles, will descend upon South Los Angeles.  Last years turnout exceeded  300,000! Taste of Soul brings out over 400 vendors supplied with good food and a variety of other merchandise along a 1.1 mile radius of the Crenshaw Blvd.  From 10am to 7pm ‘TOS’ will be in full swing.  Taste of Soul is FREE and so are all the performances!  Just be sure to bring plenty of spending money for all the great FOOD and get to the stages earlier to see your favorite performers!  Avant, Mario, RaVaughn, and Glenn Lewis are just a few of the  many performers set to grace the stage.

7th Annual ‘Taste Of Soul’


History and Renovation of The Forum….Video

Wanted to upload the video of the video I grab at The Forum Press Conference this past Tuesday.  The video highlights the rich history of The Forum and whats to come of once the renovation is complete, a premier concert venue less than 10 minutes away from the airport.  The Forum currently is bring 300 construction jobs and 250 permanent jobs to Inglewood.  And now The Forum is on the register to become a National Historic Building.

Inside the under-construction Forum Vid 1

Inside the Forum Vid 2

CiciLAvias 3rd Time Around


I’ve often over looked this event  because LA is on this super new bike fad right now and I wasn’t sure how long it was gonna last, plus I just thought the event was overrated (just being honest) however with me soon purchasing my two wheels connected to a handle bar and seat I think I might just indulge in CiciLAvias this year, plus their headed back to Downtown where it originally started which would be more interesting to take part in, just in my opinion.  CiciLAvias (no clue what it stands for or actually means) is bike and pedestrian festival that closes down streets to cars for bikes and pedestrian.   I believe its all to encourage biking and walking instead of driving in LA but don’t quote me on that.  This year its going to be on October 6, with a 7.4-mile route through the Civic Center, Historic Core, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, the Piñata District (where the hell is the Piñata District), and DTLA-adjacent Boyle Heights and MacArthur Park.  Should be fun hope to see yall out there, I’ma be sporting my SouthLA Tee!

What does CiciLAvia mean/stand for

Curbed on CiciLAvia

Compton Lives!!


Now nearing the completion of The North Downtown Master Plan, Compton is truly emerging as a Live, Work, Play city.   Compton has completed work on an awesome new Martin Luther King Transit Center (with a huge C-O-M-P-T-O-N sign that I kinda wanna take a picture inf front, like I’m not a local), the first phase of the Gateway Towne Center, and slew of housing development; and with a newly appointed  mayor, one can say Compton is truly on the rise.  Completion of the North Downtown Master Plan consist of the already almost finish portion of, what was told to me by a Compton City Hall employee, office and more retail face.  The entire project is designed to facilitate a safe, vibrant, efficient, and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. The master plan incorporates approximately new residential units, a Compton Senior Activity Center, Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center, transit plaza, office and retail space, and more.  The North Downtown Master Plan promotes a sustainable land use while improving the overall quality of life for Compton’s residents.

Slauson Ave Holiday Stroll

imageDeck the Halls Along Slauson Ave!  Presented by LA Commons, join friends and neighbors, old and new, for a festive afternoon on the avenue. Enjoy live holiday music, tasty treats and special surprises! While you are at it, get your holiday shopping done at the unique shops on the corridor.  December 15, 1pm-4pm, the fun starts at CJ’s Elegance at 4446 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles.  This activity is the third in a series of creative events being facilitated in partnership with the Slauson Avenue Branding Taskforce to re-envision the corridor.

Check out the Flyer

‘Taste of Soul’ 2012

Better late than never, but SouthLA would like send a huge THANK YOU to Danny Bakewell Sr. and the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and all other affiliates for putting on the 7th Annual ‘Taste of Soul’.  With a crowd exceeding 300,000 I think I can definitely say this was more than successful and TOS is truly becoming like no other event in Country!  If you some how missed this amazing event, over 400 vendors supplied good food and a variety of other merchandise to more than 300,000 people along a 1.1 mile radius of the Crenshaw Blvd. corridor for approximately nine hours at the 7th annual ‘Taste of Soul’ Family Festival last Saturday, October 20th.

 “Taste of Soul” has become the largest assembly of Black Businesses in Los Angeles.  The event has become such a phenomenon that local Black businesses are emerging from booth renter to employer and large established corporations, like Chevy and Broadway Federal Bank and government agencies, such as Metro Transportation Authority (MTA), are providing jobs to those who were once collecting unemployment.”

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Photo Courtesy of Leimert Park Beat, CBS Los Angeles, and The Subway Joyride Blog

Thank You Letter From Danny Bakewell Sr.

The Evolution of ‘Taste of Soul’


7th Annual ‘Taste Of Soul’ Is Finally Upon Us!!

Tomorrow, Saturday October 20th, Crenshaw blvd will be closed from Stocker to Rodeo for LA’s Largest Street Fair, the 7th Annual ‘Taste of Soul’. Taste of Soul is spread of 5 city blocks of food, music, and fun.  More than 400 vendors, six entertainment stages, and an anticipation of at least 250,000 spectators covering over a mile this years Taste will rendezvous from 10 a.m. till 7p.m. “‘Taste of Soul’ has mushroomed from an inaugural gathering of more than 50,000 into an accumulation of spectators that has approached one million collectively, thus certifying the event as one of the largest of its kind in America.  “Because of the overwhelming success of 2011 ‘Taste of Soul’, we have extended the celebration down Crenshaw Blvd., three additional city blocks from Stocker Ave. to Rodeo Rd.,” stated Founder/Creator Danny Bakewell Sr.”   You can even take  LA’s newest Light Rail, Expo Line, and get off right at the northern entrance to the fair at Crenshaw and Rodeo. SouthLA would love to share in your enjoyment at whats slated to be the hottest Taste of Soul yet , send us some your pics and at the event and we’ll post ’em to our facebook group or if your on twitter #hashtag us  “#TasteOfSoul2012 #SouthLA”.

Biggest Street Fair In Los Angeles