Artist Christopher Slatoff works in clay on statue of HecubaUSC’s Tommy Trojan, meet your female counterpart: Hecuba, queen of Troy via The Los Angeles Times

Since the 1930s, the life-size bronze warrior Tommy Trojan has been the unofficial mascot of USC and a central campus gathering spot. Now he has a female counterpart at USC Village — the $700-million complex of residential colleges, shops and restaurants just north of the main campus. The new development is the university’s largest construction project, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias from the start saw a sculpture as its centerpiece.

CBS reporter at USC Village$700M USC Village Opens To Students, South LA Community via CBS Los Angeles

Cue the marching band – USC Village, a $700 million development that will house students and include ground-floor retail and restaurants open to the public, opens Thursday. The project — the largest development in USC’s 137-year history – replaces a dilapidated 1970s-era outdoor mall on a 15-acre site at Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street.

USC Village central piazzaUSC’s massive campus addition features student housing — and Trader Joe’s and Target open to the community via The Los Angeles Times

USC Village, the largest development in the school’s history, officially opens Thursday as the university strives to house more students on campus — and broaden its connection to its South Los Angeles neighborhood. The $700-million project spans 15 acres, has beds for 2,500 undergraduates and features a spacious courtyard with a statue that is a female counterpart to Tommy Trojan, the famous sword-wielding casting of a Greek warrior in the school’s central plaza.

U.S.C. Expands in a ‘Neglected’ Neighborhood, Promising Jobs and More via The New York Times

When the University of Southern California’s campus extension opens in South Los Angeles on Thursday, it will not just welcome 2,700 new college students. It will also be an ambitious test of a public-private partnership hoping to remake a historically underserved neighborhood.

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USC Village prepares to welcome 2,700 students home via Daily Trojan
On Aug. 17, USC Village and its eight new residential colleges will open its doors to about 2,700 undergraduate residents. 


Massive Mixed-Use USC Village Project Starts Bulking Up With Restaurant Tenants via Eater LA

It’s almost time for the full reveal of USC Village, a massive mixed-use building right off the USC campus that promises to help redefine dining for students and locals alike.

CBS2 News ArticleTrader Joe’s Opens in South LA via KCBS2 Los Angeles News
The manager says 85 percent of the new store’s employees live in the neighborhood. 



The $700 million, 15-acre USC Village, which has been in the works since 2005, will consist of six buildings with a total of 1.25 million sf of space and 2,700 student beds.

New York Times ArticleA job, a bank account, a climb out of poverty via The New York Times
Cheyvonné Grayson worked mostly as a day laborer until he got into the carpenters’ union — a feat he could not have achieved, he said, without the help of the Los Angeles Black Worker Center.