Revival of a blighted South L.A. neighborhood is stalled by its onetime...

Revival of a blighted South L.A. neighborhood is stalled by its onetime dentist, critics say

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Dr. Alan Kleinman’s former neighbors wonder why he stayed in South Los Angeles after his dental office was destroyed in the 1992 riots.

Some say he was never much connected to the community. When the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church held parking lot barbecues, he never joined other shopkeepers from the street, said Roscoe Baker, longtime deacon of the church.

But not only did Kleinman stay, he added to the real estate investments he had been making since the 1970s.

Today, he owns a dozen commercial parcels on Broadway in the two blocks south of Manchester Avenue. Among them are the still-vacant lot where his office once stood and the building across the street where he reopened…



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