There Goes the Neighborhood A podcast about how LA has gone from the place to chase your dreams to one of the least affordable cities in the country. Housing prices are soaring, developers and landlords see opportunity, and many longtime Angelenos are getting squeezed out. Is there a place for you here? Get the podcast to hear about how gentrification is playing out in Los Angeles, and share your stories about housing and gentrification in the There Goes the Neighborhood: LA Facebook group. There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles is produced by KCRW and WNYC Studios.
There Goes the Neighborhood

There Goes the Neighborhood

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A podcast about how LA has gone from the place to chase your dreams to one of the least affordable cities in the country. Housing prices are soaring, developers and landlords see opportunity, and many longtime Angelenos are getting squeezed out. Is there a place for you here? Get the podcast to hear about how gentrification is playing out in Los Angeles, and share your stories about housing and gentrification in the There Goes the Neighborhood: LA Facebook group. There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles is produced by KCRW and WNYC Studios.

Most Recent Episodes

'Shackled to the Market'

Is it possible to build housing for everyone? This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

'No More LA Traffic, Put It That Way'

With housing costs this high, who still moves to LA? And who moves out? This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

'Coffee, Pizza and Beer'

How do you know a neighborhood's changing? Look for the new coffee shop. This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

'Change the Name of the Arts District to the Luxury District'

Are artists the victims of gentrification? Or the perpetrators of it? This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

'They Want My House'

In some of LA's poorest neighborhoods more than 20 percent of all home sales are flips. Investors are seeing profits, but are all these home sales good for the neighbors? This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

'This Is a Black Neighborhood. You Aren't Black.'

In Inglewood, developers are building new luxury housing close to big tech-job centers near the beach. Rents are going up and black residents are watching nervously as white homebuyers move in. This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

'I Didn't Want to Evict You'

If you have an affordable place to rent in L.A., you hang on to it for dear life. As evictions in Los Angeles are on the rise, and tenants are learning how to fight their landlords. This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

'All These People Moving In, New Buildings, New Apartments'

Southern California was built on the sale of sunlit homes in affordable real estate developments. But the many building booms of the past century haven't been enough. In just the past 15 years, Los Angeles has added 230,000 new residents, but only 40,000 new homes. The median cost of a home in L.A. has doubled in the last five years. Rent climbs ever upward. That's led to a building boom that is utterly transforming Los Angeles. Suburban sprawl now covers all the land within reasonable commuting distance of the job centers, so L.A. is growing up instead of out. Cranes tower over skyscrapers in neighborhoods of single-story family homes. Small stucco houses in middle-class neighborhoods are priced over $1 million and once-neglected neighborhoods are quickly gentrifying. Meet Cesar Vega, whose bungalow in Hollywood is surrounded on three sides by enormous new apartment buildings. As Los Angeles becomes denser and more urban, Cesar feels like a stranger in his hometown. "I don't see myself in a lot of the things that are happening," he says. Most of the new apartments will rent for market rate — these days, that's $2,500 for a two-bedroom apartment. If there's a housing shortage in L.A. and lots of new housing is being built, shouldn't prices be dropping? Why aren't they? Cesar Vega owns this small Hollywood home as cranes rise around him. "A lot of the people I grew up with aren't here anymore, let alone the buildings that everyone used to live in and the homes that they use to live which have been bulldozed." –Cesar Vega. Photo credit: Saul Gonzalez Downtown LA, as seen from a helicopter. Photo credit: Saul Gonzalez

'Los Angeles, You're Next'

There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles is a new podcast from KCRW and WNYC Studios. The series will dig into how Los Angeles has gone from the place to chase your dreams to one of the least affordable cities in the country. Housing prices are soaring, developers and landlords see opportunity, and many longtime Angelenos are getting squeezed out. Photo credit: Saul Gonzalez

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