Take the Metro Blue Line from Downtown L.A. to Compton Station.
The new shopping center, Gateway Center, has numerous retail stores. Not all the stores are open yet; however, it is one of the best places to shop and the safest place in Compton. This shopping center alone has four on-duty patrolling police officers.
Compton has many restaurants.
This city has many parts which are highly dangerous as well parts that are friendly. North Compton is dangerous and is an area well known for high prostitution, gang and narcotic activities. South Compton is relatively better and has houses with no iron bars on the windows and far fewer active gangs.