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The I-710 Corridor Project, considered the largest infrastructure project in the nation, is a modernization of the freeway stretching from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the 60 Freeway. With the expanding global economy and growing impact of truck traffic on an aging freeway system, the need to improve existing infrastructure is crucial. The 710 freeway is the backbone of Southern California commerce, as trucks travel from the ports to warehouses, rail yards, and intermodal transportation centers to distribute goods across the country.
Once named the Los Angeles River Freeway, the 710 Freeway extends the length of the river, through 15 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Communities along the 18-mile stretch are already heavily impacted by the congestion, with asthma rates twice the normal, and cancer risk rates 20 times higher than the federal average according to the California Air Resources Board. Plans to improve the infrastructure range from improving its current state, to expanding lanes from 8 to 16 with dedicated lanes for truck traffic.While planners are seeking community engagement throughout the planning process, community organizations are also taking it upon themselves to ensure that their voices are heard.
The I-710 Corridor Project, considered the largest infrastructure project in the nation, is a modernization of the freeway stretching from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the 60 Freeway. While planners are seeking community engagement throug...
A series examining Eastern Coachella Valley produced in partnership with the California Endowment.
The Coachella Valley is a thriving region with an abundant agricultural industry and notable tourist attractions, such as Palm Springs and the annual Coachella Festival. It is also a sprawling desert. In the Eastern Coachella Valley, date farms and high-yielding vegetable fields contradict the monochromatic, rocky desert terrain that surrounds them. The dichotomy of growth in a seemingly inhospitable environment manifests most clearly in the communities of the Eastern Coachella Valley where the arduousness of its geography colludes with the lack of urban planning for its growing population that has shaped many of the severe challenges faced by its most vulnerable residents.
Riverside is one of most rapidly sprawling counties in the nation. In the Eastern Coachella Valley, this growth is largely driven by its robust agricultural industry that has attracted a largely immigrant, Latino population. Though many agricultural workers land temporarily in this valley, they often extend their stay permanently. As a result, the Coachella Valley has failed to keep up with the velocity of its growth. Without basic infrastructure, many unplanned communities that have sprouted in the desert are left to their own devices as they struggle to attain basic services. Access to healthcare, adequate housing, and viable transportation are three of the Eastern Coachella Valley's most pressing concerns.
In response, a new wave of activism and innovation has been rising and gaining strength in the Eastern Coachella Valley. Together with local organizations, they are now working to improve the quality of life and the health of their communities by taking initiative to build lasting solutions.
Riverside is one of the most rapidly sprawling counties in the nation. In the Eastern Coachella Valley, this growth is largely driven by its robust agricultural industry that has attracted a largely immigrant, Latino population. Though many agricultura...
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In Memory of Irvin Lai
When you look back at the first 100 years of Chinese migration to Los Angeles, you see the evolution of several distinct "Chinatowns." Each with distinct meanings, uses and mythos--not just for greater Los Angeles--but for the Chinese community itself. With every subsequent migratory waves to Los Angeles, and with the changing structure of immigration laws in the Unites States, the way Chinatown is identified as a cultural, economic, and symbolic center began to shift and change.
Migrants from South East Asia and Taiwan, among others, brought with them a new set of cultural values that re-defined the Chinese American experience most often associated with initial waves of Cantonese arrivals. These new migrants created multiple contexts from which to view and understand the Chinese American experience, and also created new geographic centers in the San Gabriel Valley that have rendered historical Chinatown almost obsolete.
The question we need to ask now, this after more than a century of Chinese migration to America is: What is the role of Chinatown in 21st Century Los Angeles? What does it represent? And to whom?
With the help of the Chinese American Museum, the KCET Departures team ventured into Chinatown to record its deep social and cultural history, and spoke with hundreds of people to create a multi-layered portrait of Chinatown as it is today and try to find some answers to our questions. Part oral history project, part interactive documentary, part community engagement tool, and part digital literacy project, through Departures: Chinatown, KCET also engaged youth in the community through its Youth Voices program by partnering with the Chinatown Service Center Youth Council.
When you look back at the first 100 years of Chinese migration to Los Angeles, you see the evolution of several distinct "Chinatowns," each with distinct meanings, uses, and mythos. Here's a multi-layered portrait of Chinatown, from its beginnings to h...