Baldwin Hills is often times overlooked within the broad spectrum of neighborhoods in Los Angeles, yet the neighborhood boasts a cultural landscape rich with history which has and will play a large role in shaping the future of Los Angeles. As Los Angeles begins preparing to host the summer Olympics in 2024, it is important to note that Baldwin Hills was home to the first Olympic Village built to house male athletes in 1984. This Olympic Village was spread over hundreds of acres in the hills, though virtually none of it remains today. The landform Baldwin Hills have long been drilled for petroleum with active oil wells in the mid-hills along La Cienega Boulevard. As the oil fields close, some of the otherwise undeveloped open space land is being acquired by agencies for the public’s benefit. The Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area is one such jewel, enhancing the community with park activities and recreation. The headwaters of Ballona Creek are in the hills and park which then flow west into the Santa Monica Bay.
Overlooking the Los Angeles Basin, Baldwin Hills is bounded by La Cienega Boulevard to the west, Crenshaw Boulevard to the east, Stocker Avenue to the south, and Rodeo Road to the north. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard