Yellow Brick Road Play Street unveiled in Richmond

The Richmond nonprofit Pogo Park hosted the grand opening of the Yellow Brick Road Play Street, which includes a series of parks, walking paths and a roundabout in the city’s Iron Triangle neighborhood. The street is designed with yellow bricks to mark a safe zone for walking and playing. “Play is the very essence of childhood and a critical component in closing the […]

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West Side Stories: Gentrification in Oakland

Faces and names pop out as you hover over a map of West Oakland, and the voices of local youth from the neighborhood contrast with home-seekers looking to invest in property there, elucidating the issue of gentrification in the neighborhood. Scroll further and you’ll find the places and stories that give West Oakland its distinct identity. “West Side Stories” is a multi-media interactive is an audio-visual journey through West […]

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Rethinking safety in Ramona Gardens

A 17 year-old resident of Ramona Gardens writes about the problems and the pride of growing up in the Ramona Gardens neighborhood, as part of the neighborhood’s Storytelling Project. “I found out that it was my friend’s brother who was shot to death by the police right in front of my eyes.” Read more on Boyle Heights Beat.

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Advice for young men in the hood

Khalid Elahi knows some of the myths swirling in Richmond’s hard neighborhoods, mottos that get young people to adopt the lifestyle they see around them. But he wants these young men to think first about their future and a world beyond the block. “Young people, if you get a chance to leave the hood — not by ambulance or coroner’s car but by […]

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