The attractive Florence-Firestone community in unincorporated South Los Angeles has changed dramatically over the years, according to the new book, “A Paseo Through Time in Florence-Firestone,” which offers historical background tied to the area’s progression.
Author Jeannene Przyblyski uses colorful maps, captivating photos, and descriptive text to reveal the background and current status of Florence-Firestone.
Looking as far back as the 1950s, the book – written in English and Spanish – covers the community’s evolution from gangs and drug dealings to its present residential and major commercial-enterprise area.
The community’s demographics has changed from all White to all African Americans to mixed- race and Latino residents with each ethnicity contributing parts of their culture.
At a recent book signing at the Florence Library, Przyblyski explained her reason for applying in-depth research to produce the various aspects of the community advancements.
“I wanted to show that Florence-Firestone has a deep and rich history, showcasing some residents and business-owners in depth, and also recopying some of the historical architectural features of the community. Community pride matters and Florence-Firestone has a lot to be proud of,” she said.
Attendees L.A. County Civic Arts Director Grace Ramirez-Gaston, Los Angeles City Planner Alejandra Bell and L.A. County Urban Planner Jonathan Pacheco Bell, who contributed to “A Paseo Through Time in Florence-Firestone,” shared similar comments about the Florence-Firestone community.
The book emphasizes that Florence-Firestone has strong, active, and influential community organizations that fight to keep neighborhoods safe and attractive. The Antwerp Environmental Block Organization and the Florence-Firestone Community Leaders date back more than 40 years, and have strong governing influence.
Florence-Firestone’s attributes include several homes with backyard swimming pools and fancy patios, law enforcement patrolling, weekly street sweeping and trash pickup services, popular fast food restaurants and close access to rail and freeway transportation and above all, peace and privacy.
“A Paseo Through Time in Florence-Firestone,” is currently available online and at the Florence and Graham libraries.