Walking through the neighborhood today, you would never guess that Watts, Los Angeles was once established as a late nineteenth-century ranching community. It was a short-lived history as the arrival of the railroads and construction of the Watts Station quickly transformed the community from open area ranches to a rapidly developed independent city. Since the 1940’s, Watts has been a neighborhood primarily occupied by working-class African Americans. Due to the ever-increasing influence of street gangs and corresponding violence, Watts has long held a reputation for being a low-income, high-crime area since the 1960’s. The neighborhood is well-known throughout the world for the community being featured or referenced in innumerable forms of pop-culture media, particularly those having to do with West Coast Hip-Hop culture. Watts is also home to the internationally noted landmark, Watts Towers, which was installed by Italian-American artist, Sabato “Simon” Rodia in 1921. Rodia did not complete the towers until 1954 due to the structures being frequently vandalized by neighbors.
Originally part of the Rancho La Tajauta, the area on which Watts sits experienced its first population boom with the influx of European American settlers in the 1870’s. Since then the community has long been regarded as a center for African American cultural movements, turning out notable artists like Etta James, Tyrese Gibson, Glasses Malone, Charles Mingus, Walter Mosley, Jay Rock, and The Watts Prophets. Nobel Prize-winning chemist, Glenn T. Seaborg hailed from Watts, Los Angeles as well.
Apart from the monumental Watts Towers, the neighborhood itself is located near some of the most popular places to go in Southern California. If you plan to make Watts your jumping off point for fun in the SoCal sun, make sure you catch some of the best things to do in Los Angeles like the California Science Center, Trapeze School New York, the Secret Stairs, Goldstar Hot Air Balloon Rides, LA Beer Hop, OUE Skyspace LA, the Chandelier Tree, the Great Wall of L.A., Museum of Death, Museum of Jurassic Technology, or any of the best arcades for adults in Los Angeles.
Arts, hip-hop, and cars are SoCal movements that are all alive and well in Watts. Especially SoCal car club culture that boasts all things fast, furious, and classic. How does a busy working-class community find the time to shine up the chrome on their cars and stay road ready to make an impression? With the car wash app from MobileWash!
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