The Housing Crisis

Explore how Long Beach's many communities are experiencing change, for better or worse, in response to the city's rapid development. Some articles were published in collaboration with KCET’s City Rising series, a documentary program that traces gentrification and displacement through a lens of historical discriminatory practices.

Persistent Gentrification in Long Beach Increases Student Homelessness and Debt

Oct. 23, 2017 / By
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“They’re working several jobs in order to make ends meet in addition to going to school. They come in hoping that financial aid will cover everything and they find out it will not.”

Beauty Without the Pain: Can Cambodian Americans Revitalize Their Town Without Displacing Their Own?

Oct. 23, 2017 / By
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Long Beach has the largest concentration of Cambodians outside of Cambodia. As the community seeks to improve their neighborhood, many recognize that revitalization without displacement is a balancing act.

The Paradoxical Nature of Gentrification in Long Beach’s Gayborhood

Oct. 13, 2017 / By
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When it comes to gentrification and the LGBTQ community, there seems to be two conversations — how so-called “gayborhoods” invite gentrification and how gentrification threatens gayborhoods’ existence.

One Family, Three Generations in a Changing Barrio

Oct. 9, 2017 / By
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Three generations of my family saw Santa Ana’s gentrification unravel its many forms before our eyes. Through the decades, my grandmother, my mother and I have been able to observe the changes in our own way.

I Found Out My Long-Lost Friend was Homeless. So We Caught Up…

Jul. 6, 2017 / By
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"I lost contact with him after high school and was pretty shocked to know a friend of mine was living in the streets."

Long Beach Residents React to New Downtown Developments

Jun. 3, 2017 / By
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Although the city pledged to make affordable housing units, many Long Beach residents just don't think it's enough.