Can USC Grow without Devouring the Neighborhood?

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College towns have weathered the recession and housing collapse more than the rest of America, but the neighborhood around USC is an exception. Now USC is planning what local officials call the biggest project in South Los Angeles in a generation — 35 acres, complete with restaurants, shops, a six-screen theater, faculty office space and student housing. Will gentrification push local residents out, or is the university — often accused of ignoring its neighbors — be doing them a favor? Also, budget cuts and dependency court: the impact on families. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the continuing impact of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns just one year ago. What's the future of nuclear power?

Banner image: Artist's rendering of USC's proposed New Town Square