How an LA community is fighting back against gentrification

Sep 28, 2017
Eastside Café, a treasured El Sereno center, stopped its building's sale with a bid of its own.
The Eastside Café in Los Angeles doesn't sell coffee yet, but it's hosted community events and classes for 15 years.
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In Los Angeles, mariachi musicians fight gentrification to keep tradition alive

Sep 15, 2017
In the Boyle Heights neighborhood of LA, mariachis struggle to pay rent near a plaza named for them.
Mariachi Plaza and the larger Boyle Heights neighborhood have become the focal point for gentrification in Los Angeles. 
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Building bridges and fighting division in small town America

Sep 5, 2017
Folk musician Dar Williams talks about her new book, "What I Found in a Thousand Towns."
 Williamsport, Pennsylvania on July 2017.
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The decline in laundromats shows how US cities are changing

Once an urban staple, the businesses are decreasing as developers transform neighborhoods. But people still depend on them.
A woman empties a washing machine in a laundromat. 
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Detroit's chief storyteller says it's time to talk to about neighborhoods that persevered

Jul 24, 2017
Aaron Foley says there are "680,000 stories waiting to be told. Not all of them come from downtown."
Aaron Foley says he heard about the Detroit race riots at home, and “hardly anybody wanted to really go in depth and talk about.” Above, a group of men in Detroit construct a barricade to keep their street safe during the 1967 riots.
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If your neighborhood's name changes, it's probably being gentrified

Jul 18, 2017
Creative neighborhood renaming is common in real estate, but not all residents are on board with the trend.
A new apartment building is under construction August 2001 in Harlem, New York City.
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When historic buildings make economic sense

May 1, 2017
'We're not about ... turning everything into a museum,' says Stephanie Meeks of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“People want more authenticity in their lives, in what they wear, in what they eat and in the kind of places they live. That's the kind of authenticity that historic buildings can bring to a city,” said Stephanie Meeks, CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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Nashville's neighborhood churches weigh whether to sell or stay

Apr 7, 2017
“I told the realtor: ‘I don’t even want to know what you’re willing to offer,'" one pastor said.
Family Affair Ministries in South Inglewood is selling its property for $3.5 million, seven times more than its 2001 purchase price.
Meribah Knight

As tech workers stay in Pittsburgh, neighborhoods watch prices climb

Mar 29, 2017
'Black homes matter' for one person who's seen some residents move to cheaper areas.
After Google moved into this Pittsburgh office, luxury apartment building started going up, making the area unaffordable for some who had lived there for years.
Erika Beras

Can a spy agency fight urban blight in St. Louis?

Jan 13, 2017
A $1.75 billion project displaced a neighborhood in hopes of revitalizing it.
The decision to locate the new NGA facility in the historically black North Side of St. Louis was fought by the few remaining residents in the area, some who staged protests at this site.
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