Whopping 78% of LA region residential land reserved for single-family homes
Today we launched a new study showing that single-family housing dominates residential zoning in the six-county Los Angeles region, which creates a barrier to low-income people from accessing high-opportunity neighborhoods. Consistent with our past research on zoning in the Bay Area, our latest study of SoCal found strong correlations between zoning and outcomes in peoples' health, incomes, education and other indicators of well-being. Our investigation of 191 cities in the region also found that as the proportion of a neighborhood's single-family-only zoning increased, so did its white and Asian populations, while the Latino population significantly decreased, as did the percentage of Black residents to a lesser extent. Read our study here. Check out our collection of zoning maps. And see our press release here.
Also see our Twitter thread which contains many telling images from our report, and check out coverage of the report in the LAist and OC Register.
Motherwork in Sweden's racialized suburbs
In the latest essay from our European paper series Jonelle Twum writes about a group of Swedish-Somali mothers who came together in 2015 to organize against the deadly violence in their racialized neighborhood. In it, Twum, who is a researcher and founder of Black Archives Sweden, argues that the mothers’ "motherwork" is a form of resistance against othering practices and processes that marginalize the suburbs and those who live there. Read the paper here.
Event: Keeping it Unreal
Join OBI faculty scholar Darieck Scott and colleagues from across the country on March 10 for an online conversation about his new book, Keeping It Unreal: Comics and Black Queer Fantasy. Led by Ramzi Fawaz from University of Wisconsin, the panelists will explore the Black radical imagination, superhero comics, Black power and triumph, respite from white supremacy and much more. Register here.
Event: The Defiant Middle
Join author Kaya Oakes on March 14 for a book talk about her recently published The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life's In-Betweens to Remake the World, followed by a conversation with History professor Ronit Stahl, Interim Administrative Chair of the Religious Diversity Cluster. The hybrid event will take place in person at UC Berkeley and online. Click here to register.
New Research Brief: Vietnamese Voices from Orange County, CA: Narratives of Community, Government, and Change
A new study published by OBI and VietRISE, a community-based organization in Little Saigon, Orange County, CA, reveals prevailing beliefs, policy preferences, and narratives among Vietnamese residents in OC on topics related to economic inequality, the role of government, generational change, and the idea of community. OBI’s survey of Orange County found that Vietnamese residents are more likely than any other group to support economic redistributive policies. Through follow-up focus groups, the brief shows not only that these views are widespread, but also the key values and narratives underpinning them. Findings cut against conventional wisdoms about the views of Vietnamese constituencies. Read the full report, Vietnamese Voices from Orange County, CA: Narratives of Community, Government, and Change in English and in Vietnamese. To watch a press conference summarizing findings please click here.
If you live in the Bay Area come check out this new play, Red Winged Blackbird, by Alyosha Zim, which will be showing for 12 days at Berkeley's Live Oak Theater. Set in 1960s New York and 1980s Colorado Rockies, the play is about brothers and lovers, Judaism and Buddhism, spiritual quests and identity. This is a story of transcendence - of rising above strongly held beliefs, and the struggle to care for seriously ill loved ones - to do what’s needed in the name of love.
As part of the production the team will host two webinars with different guests to discuss the play. OBI Director john a. powell will be a panelist at one of the webinars, on March 16. Get your tickets for the play here. And to sign up for the free webinars about the play go here.
In the news
Director john a. powell was interviewed for a CBS Sunday morning show on the issue of free speech and censorship. Check it out here. He was also interviewed for this Radar 2020 video report on censorship in schools.
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