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Fighting erasure: A conversation on gentrification and displacement in San Diego

La Bodega Art Gallery in Barrio Logan, Dec. 5, 2019.
Andi Dukleth
La Bodega Art Gallery in Barrio Logan, Dec. 5, 2019.

Gentrification is a process that can take form in vastly different ways. Sometimes the signs of it are obvious: a large housing development with price points so high no one in the neighborhood can afford it.

Other times these changes happen slowly and in a much more subtle way as new, hip coffee shops open their doors as local art crawls start bringing new faces to the neighborhood.

One of the greatest community fears in gentrification is that change will erase the history and culture of a given neighborhood, and displace those who once called it home.


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KPBS's Racial Justice and Social Equity Reporter Cristina Kim moderated a KPBS panel Wednesday on gentrification and how this process is unfolding in San Diego.

Her guests were:

The panelists answered questions from the community, including questions about how to break the cycle of gentrification, what role community plans play in preventing displacement, and what terms like "gente-fication" mean in the larger discussion of the issue. Listen to the conversation here: