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Rebuilding LA's Urban Communities: A Final Report from RLA
Jan 01, 1997

Milken Institute



On April 29, 1992, four white police officers were acquitted in the beating of African-American motorist Rodney King. That verdict sparked the Los Angeles civil disturbances that left 55 persons dead and over 2,000 injured. Over 1,000 building structures were damaged or destroyed at a cost of nearly $1 billion. Los Angeles was a city in conflict and despair as many of its neighborhoods smoldered.

Rebuild LA (RLA) was established a few days later when Mayor Tom Bradley and Governor Pete Wilson asked Peter V. Ueberroth to coordinate a five-year economic recovery effort. Its goal was to jump-start rejuvenation of the economy of the poorest, most long-neglected communities of greater Los Angeles - a challenge of unprecedented scope.

RLA accomplished much in its five years, and its most important work is being continued by its successor LA PROSPER Partners. This report summarizes RLA's history, its accomplishments, key lessons, and the important work that remains to be done.