It still is!
I grew up in a neighboring city.
My parents moved to San Pedro in 1956.
It wasn't a "good thing to go to "Wilmas" man".
It still ain't such a good idea.
That was back in the 50's and 60's.
I've lived here since the mid-60s and I can't believe how diffeent things are now. In the 50s and 60s Wilmington wasn't nearly as bad as its reputation. Now, however, it's worse that its reputation ever was.
From Long Beach. Worked in the Harbor for 35 years. Moved to Riverside County in 1987 due the problems infecting that whole area. Until ‘95 commuted from Riverside to the Harbor to work.
Only a few people live in our area. Mostly just empty fields and Orange Groves. Much nicer, quieter out here. Mostly Rabbits, Roadrunners, and Coyotes.