Studying Urban Change: the LA Riots 20 years later

After a jury acquitted 3 white and 1 Hispanic Los Angeles police officers in the beating of Rodney King, an event caught on videotape, civil unrest caused millions of dollars in property damage to neighborhoods in the South Central section of LA.  This set of aerial photographs shows almost the entire city on May 5, 1992.  Clearly visible burned out buildings and debris offer striking evidence of the extent of the unrest.

20 years after the verdict, evidence of the damage still shows in the urban landscape.  These two photographs show where houses and businesses were never rebuilt:

A city block showing several burned buildings

The same block now has vacant lotsPhotographs from this collection are available to UC researchers.  For more information regarding MIL's services to the academic and business communities, please see our services page.