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|Nickname(s): Downtown C.P.T|
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Downtown Compton is the major business district of Compton, California. Downtown Compton started out as a thriving and safe environment throughout the early 1950s to the mid-1970s. When gang violence and robberies sparked in the 70s businesses began to move out and relocate leaving Downtown Compton a ghost town. It is now home to many businesses, two shopping centers, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center. The Metro Blue Line (LACMTA) now currently runs through 'Downtown Compton making travel to the city much easier.
Throughout the 1950s to early 1970s Downtown Compton was a major business district and home to many company's. During weekends streets would be packed and filled with shoppers, especially during the holidays.
During the late 70s the face of Downtown Compton began to take a drastic turn. Robberies and ongoing gang violence due to famous Los Angeles street gangs the Bloods, and Crips, businesses began to move elsewhere to avoid further problems. Downtown during this time can be seen in the music video for N.W.A.'s music video for Straight Outta Compton.
During the late 80s the face of Compton began to change with new mayor, Omar Bradley, This included the construction of the new Compton Town Center. Around this time the Los Angeles County Metro Rail System began adding the finishing touches to the Metro Blue Line that runs straight through Downtown Compton on the median of Willowbrook Avenue. This led to the construction of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center, also located on Willowbrook along with the Metro Blue Line Compton Station.
Downtown Compton is now home to the following businesses.
- Martin Luther King Jr, Transit Center
- Compton Town Center
- Renaissance Plaza
- Compton Courthouse