Bringing more vibrancy to LA’s Black and Brown communities starts at the street level

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“You’re making an investment that brings back a younger generation of Black and Brown people who will replenish the community’s culture based on their lifestyles,” says author Michael Anderson on why first-time homeowners of color should receive subsidies. Photo courtesy of Michael Anderson.

Black and Brown neighborhoods in South LA — like Inglewood, Crenshaw, and Leimert Park — have always faced economic challenges. But they’ve also always had enormous potential for growth. That’s the focus of architect Michael Anderson’s new book, “Urban Magic: Vibrant Black and Brown Communities Are Possible.” 

“For more than 60 years, we’ve been focusing on trying to change Black communities into prosperous modern places, and it hasn’t happened,” he says.

One solution is to give subsidies to first-time Black and Brown homeowners, he suggests. “You’re making an investment that brings back a younger generation of Black and Brown people who will replenish the community’s culture based on their lifestyles. And that’s what creates the vibrancies.”

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Guest:

  • Michael Anderson - Architect, author of “Urban Magic: Vibrant Black and Brown Communities Are Possible”