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City Rising

Gentrification and Displacement: Impact

As his Santa Ana family faces eviction, a young man stoically says, “I can just live in the van.” Like his family, many consider housing as something only those with money can buy. Others think it should be a right, but legal protections against evictions vary city by city. With new waves of development, the displacement of residents in neighborhoods, such as Long Beach and Santa Ana, has become a civil rights issue in which people of color are disproportionately affected. Neighborhoods are making vigorous efforts to protect families from displacement, which generates a constant stress that threatens public health. In response, some small property owners feel vilified and, fearing the eventual inability to evict problem tenants, are selling to developers. Planners say the long-term solution is an increase in affordable housing and homeownership, but developers push for market-rate housing. Tensions rise as longtime community members are evicted, and cities invest in infrastructure that favors progress over people.

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Youth & Democracy

This third season of the “City Rising” series will demystify the role and work of youth organizations in California, demonstrating how young people are organizing their communities to participate in public policy and make lasting change.
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The Informal Economy

California is the world's fifth largest economy — yet, hiding in plain sight are workers who labor off the books, unprotected and unregulated. Follow four California workers organizing to find pathways for legalization and protection.
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Gentrification and Displacement

City Rising shows how gentrification is deeply rooted in a history of discriminatory laws and practices in the United States.
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