Carlos Franco is the owner/operator of a family-run, wholesale produce shop at the 7th Street Market.

Carlos: Fruit Vendor

Since he was born, Carlos has worked with his family at their wholesale fruit shop in the 7th Street Market downtown. He wakes up at 1:30AM six days a week, ready to open the shop by 3AM. Growing up nearby in Boyle Heights, Carlos has had a front row seat to the gentrification happening in that neighborhood, and now he sees similar changes coming to the market. Carlos contemplates the hard work and contributions of his family to the community and weighs the pros and cons of new investments coming in. 

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While most of us are sleeping, nearly 15 million Americans are heading off to work. Experience the hidden human side of the 24-hour economy through the eyes of five night-shift workers, as they share observations, feelings and aspirations about their unique lives and issues that impact us all.

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