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Emily E Straus explores the history of Compton from its founding in the late nineteenth century to the present, taking on three critical issues which have shaped the Los Angeles suburb: the history of race and educational equity, the relationship between schools and place, and the complicated intersection of schooling and municipal economies. An interesting historical portrait, finds Kerwin Datu.

New research suggests that the successes of the "broken windows" theory in reducing crime might have been down to coincidences including, interestingly, the removal of lead from gasoline.

How a poorly maintained rail system drove LA voters into the hands of the automobile.

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