Neighborhoods

News related to zoning, cities, gentrification and urban development.

Defend community: David (Tú Santa Ana) on tenant resistance.
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Defend community: David (Tú Santa Ana) on tenant resistance.

David Carbajal Torres organizes with Tenants United Santa Ana (Tú Santa Ana). shows how rent hikes and gentrification displace immigrant communities. David also discussed the community resistance to displacement through organizing, culture, and community ties.

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Whatever it Takes: Vasudha Kumar on Gentrification
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Whatever it Takes: Vasudha Kumar on Gentrification

Vasudha Kumar is a resident of California’s Silicon Valley. After playing a leading role in a multi-year campaign to stop a new Google megacampus, Vasudha now studies the dynamics of economic displacement in cities around the U.S.

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Direct action is the answer: Noni from EB PREC on resistance and revival.

Direct action is the answer: Noni from EB PREC on resistance and revival.

Noni Session is the Executive Director of the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative in Oakland, California. In a city with a deep Black radical history and some of the most pronounced modern-day displacement, EB PREC is building shared economic and community power by preserving land without landlords.

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Serve restaurant equity.

Serve restaurant equity.

As the completion date of Line 3 nears, there’s still much to be done to protect Indigenous activists and their land.

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Are Coffee Shops a Sign of Gentrifying Neighborhoods?
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Are Coffee Shops a Sign of Gentrifying Neighborhoods?

People are taking action along the supply chain from the coffee fields to neighborhood coffee shops to make sure coffee can be suitable for all of us.

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Decolonize the parks.

In his article “Return the National Parks to the Tribes” David Treuer reminds us that national parks are the result of Indigenous dispossession. Everglades National Park is Seminole land. Olympic National Park was created by a violation of a treaty with the Quinault tribe. The first white people to ever see what is now Yosemite National Park were members of a California militia, intent on slaughtering and driving Miwok people off the land and into reservations. “Native people need permanent, unencumbered access to our homelands,” wrote Treuer, an Ojibwe author and historian. “All 85 million acres of national-park sites should be turned over to a consortium of federally recognized tribes in the United States” (The Atlantic).

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Confront rising temperatures.

Neighborhoods of color affected by redlining, historic bank and government-sponsored housing discrimination, are five degrees hotter than non-redlined neighborhoods since they have dramatically less tree cover. In Portland, OR, they’re a shocking 13 degrees warmer (NPR). Communities of color are where state and business elites dump toxic chemicals, coal-fired power plants, and chemical factories across the country. “The climate emergency will have a disproportionate impact on Black and Brown communities” (Guardian) since “the lack of equitable investment in low-income communities leaves people even more at risk for climate change impacts” (NRDC).

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Make swimming more inclusive

Make swimming more inclusive

The recent ban on swimcaps for Black hair submerged the Olympics into the deep history of racist policies at the pool.

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Support immigrant vendors.

Support immigrant vendors.

This San José flea market is threatened by the construction of a “transit village” around a new light-rail station.

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Unpack “Black-on-Black crime”.

Aristotle said, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime” (Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality). But in the wake of violence in impoverished Black communities, we often only hear the same refrain: “Why is no one doing anything about this?” The idea that nobody in Black communities works to stop community violence is racist, classist, and false.

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