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York & Fig: How gentrification flips a neighborhood

Fri, 2014-12-05 14:05

For 23 years, Frank Cordova owned a little shop on Figueroa Street in Highland Park. It’s one of those shops that sold a bit of everything: Shampoo, car speakers, picture frames, dictionaries, all at a deep discount. Frank had been behind the counter, selling this stuff every day since 1991, when he hired a mariachi band to play at his grand opening.

In all the years since, he’d taken no vacations, no sick days, no days off for anniversaries or birthdays. His motto: “If it’s raining you come to work. If it’s sunny you come to work. If it’s cold you come to work. If it’s windy you come to work. No matter how it is, you always come to work.”

That is, until the day you don’t.

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Changing neighborhoods: York & Fig

Fri, 2014-12-05 12:53

Marketplace Weekend goes from New York  to a special satellite bureau set up in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. An entire team of Marketplace reporters and producers spent four months there, at the intersection of York Boulevard and Figueroa Street. The name of this project is York and Fig. It's an area undergoing rapid gentrification. There are obvious changes in the neighborhood, and more subtle stuff you only learn from close careful observation. Krissy Clark of Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty desk, spoke with Lizzie O'Leary about her reporting. 

York & Fig: Perspectives on gentrification

Fri, 2014-12-05 12:15

Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty Desk spent four and a half months in Los Angeles' Highland Park neighborhood to report on gentrification as it happens. The result is the the week-long project York & Fig.

As the series came to a close, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal returned to the Highland Park bureau to chat with three residents, old and new, about what gentrification means to them and how they've been effected by the area's changing demographics.

Vidal Reyna and Miki Jackson have lived in Highland Park for decades, and Erica Daking moved to the neighborhood three years ago and owns the vegan café Kitchen Mouse.