Property Rights | KCET
Thanks to the lingering aftereffects of the New Deal and the post-World Ward II boom, development in Los Angeles was in full swing in the 1960s. Bunker Hill began to tower over Downtown after a law restricting building heights in Los Angeles was lifted—and after tenants from the neighborhood's Victorian-style homes were evicted. Property owners were forced out of Chavez Ravine, their homes torn down without compensation after the land was taken for a never built housing project. These corrupt and high-handed practices mainly targeted low income families, displacing, among others, tens of thousands of Mexican-Americans.
As whites took flight towards the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, a Mexican-American working class from neighboring Northeast and East Los Angeles was being drawn to Highland Park by affordable property and the conveniences afforded by the Arroyo Seco Parkway. A tidal wave of development began to rumble through the sleepy neighborhood.
Ownership Through History
Eric Avila on the history of conquest, power and defiance are ingrained in the built environment and character of Highland Park.
Transitions of Land Use
William Deverell recounts the recent history of political, demographic economic and cultural transitions in the Arroyo Seco, which provided a mirror and framework to understand Highland Park and its continued evolution.
Arthur Snyder shares how Highland Park was excluded from a program he developed that assisted residents in his district to renovate and bring their older properties up to code, ultimately preventing demolition.
Lisa and Oscar Duardo recount how historic homes and culturally rich areas of Highland Park have been destroyed to make way for commercial and multi unit housing development.
Josefina, Oscar and Lisa Duardo recount their community's legislative fight to save their backyards from density, and their subsequent loss to the city despite great efforts.
"Blue Sky Metropolis" traces Southern California's role in the growth and development of aviation and aerospace in the United States. Here's what to look forward to on "Blue Sky Metropolis."
Watts Coffee House has been open for more than 50 years, but since Desiree Edwards took over in 1997, the restaurant has become a community gathering place and driver for a more positive future for locals.
Aqeela Sherrills is a Watts native who grew up around street gangs. As an adult, he decided to team up with other community members to build a more peaceful, prosperous Watts.
A chaotic riot narrative may have plagued Watts for the last five decades, but these long-running organizations show the community’s deep and lasting legacy of political and cultural organizing.
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