City Rising: Ch. 2

E2: Resilience

Communities that have historically been disinvested, such as Boyle Heights, Santa Ana and East Oakland, have established rich community networks, informal economies and culture. Community organizers say these cultural networks can still flourish despite government cuts in social services, accelerating urban decay and rising rents driven by gentrification, as long as people have places to come together. Culture contributes to community pride and what one expert calls a home’s “use value”. Less fortunately, culture also makes a neighborhood attractive for gentrification. In that process, speculators are buying up land and letting properties sit vacant until their market value rises. Residents lament that what makes their communities distinctive may be lost in this process, as redevelopment threatens to take away the spaces in which they gather.

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City Rising: The Informal Economy

From the beginning of our nation’s history our laws, institutions and social norms have contributed to the creation of a segmented or dual economy. Many people — including people of color, women and immigrants — were excluded from the benefits of society, forcing them to find alternative ways to make a living in a parallel economy.

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