As a teenager 20 years ago, Nicole Tillman practiced basketball with her team at Jesse Owens Park in south Los Angeles, but it was not a place she would choose to go if she didn’t have to. The park was a magnet for gang members, and graffiti covered building walls.
“It was pretty scary,” said Tillman, who still lives in the same south Los Angeles neighborhood and is now a mother of 4 children ranging in age from 2 to 16 years.
The park epitomized the scourge of community violence, which has long been viewed as a public health issue (http://1.usa.gov/1LQFzxT).
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