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Nipsey Hussle had a plan to beat gentrification — in South LA and across the US

LOS ANGELES - Nipsey Hussle's stretch of Slauson Avenue has largely been overlooked by the gentrification boom that has transformed so many neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

The lack of investment in the Hyde Park section of South L.A. shows on the faces of distressed buildings, some still etched with the names of bygone businesses that haunt the neighborhood like ghosts.

In the months before Hussle was gunned down in front of his clothing store in late March, the rapper was working to bring economic development to the blighted blocks around Slauson and Crenshaw Boulevard, but on his own terms. He wanted more for his community, but he wanted to the changes to be driven from within.

At the time of his death, Hussle was reaching out to a diverse array of partners - from fellow musicians and L.A. politicians to a Republican senator from South Carolina - to make the revitalization of Hyde Park something larger and potentially longer-lasting.

Hussle was part of an

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