On July 31st, de LaB teamed up with the A+D Museum for a very special urban hike to Compton’s Richland Farms neighborhood.
Over the last year, we had heard that something special was happening in this anything-but-usual neighborhood and we weren’t disappointed by what we saw.

More than 60 people ventured out for the tour to catch a rare glimpse of the special neighborhood through the eyes of people who live there.

Our guide Dr. Lloyd Wilkins, who has been dubbed “the village chief” for his efforts to educate the public, and sometimes his fellow residents, about the importance of saving Richland Farms, began the tour with a brief overview about the history of the neighborhood. Dr. Wilkins gave us insights into just some of its economic difficulties, including the fact that Compton is one of the few neighborhoods in Los Angeles where home prices consistently depreciate no matter the state of the economy.

He also alerted us to the City of Compton’s strict street parking policies. Although Richland Farms is nowhere near a local retail or business corridor, the city aggressively tickets residents who park in front of their homes without a permit. A move, according to Dr. Wilkins, that symbolizes the City’s desire to revoke the neighborhood’s unique agricultural status, which grants residents anywhere from a third of an acre to a full acre of property.

When the tour began, Dr. Wilkins proudly led us through the streets to see some of the neighborhood’s latest “mansions” and to meet an array of local residents.

Our first stop was a tour through this new home (on the left), where we were ceremoniously joined by a few urban cowboys.

Some of us even hitched a ride!