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View Park is an unincorporated neighborhood in LA County just south of Baldwin Hills. It's one of LA's most beautiful neighborhoods, with quiet, curving, tree-lined streets, gorgeous views and star map worthy homes. Now, it's also the setting for a battle over gentrification, historic preservation and racial identity. Currently 84 percent African American, a recent influx of white home buyers has some old-time residents calling the gentrification card. Meanwhile there's a push to put the “Black Beverly Hills” on the National Register of Historic Places, which opponents say will just contribute to the demographic shift already dividing their community. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at racial identity and real estate.

Photo: Ray Charles is one of many African Americans who've called View Park home. (Victor Diaz Lamich)

Guests:
Andre Gaines, View Park Conservancy
Reggie Carson, jazz musician
Steven Lott, Raw International
Scott Kurashige, University of Washington Bothall, @scottkurashige

More:
LA Times on the 'Black Beverly Hills,' historic status and white gentrification
Mills Act

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Evan George

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