Uneven Ground

Part III: Chasing equity in a changing climate

During the Camp Fire in November last year, a hazy sunrise obscured traffic alongside a pond at Menlo Park’s Bedwell Bayfront Park. At that time, the air quality, due to wildfire smoke in the region, was rated as some of the worst in the world. (Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac)

Meet the new industrial pollution, a jobs-housing balance so skewed that it prices people out of their homes, triggers kids' asthma and forces people to pick: grueling commute or substandard housing. What's being done to change this?

And, looking ahead to a future where climate change is likely to hit low-income communities of color hardest, what's being done in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven and North Fair Oaks to boost these communities' resiliency?

Read the story here.

This is the last of a three-part series exploring why the communities of Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks and East Palo Alto experience greater environmental health burdens than neighboring jurisdictions.

Read part one here and part two here.

Kate Bradshaw reported this story as part of her University of Southern California Annenberg Center for Health Journalism 2019 California Fellowship, with engagement support from the center's interim engagement editor, Danielle Fox.

Three bilingual Sequoia High School students, Nataly Manzanero, Ashley Barraza and Mia Palacios, with the author, conducted more than 100 Spanish and English language interviews used in this report. Some of the photos are provided by middle school students who live in East Palo Alto and participated in a summer program of Girls to Women, an East Palo Alto nonprofit working to empower girls and women in the community.

The Almanac has partnered with Cafe Zoe and will be displaying some of the photographs from this project at the Menlo Park cafe throughout the month of October. We'll share more information as details are finalized.


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2 people like this
Posted by awatkins
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Sep 19, 2019 at 1:48 pm

How does it help to take a reasonably unambiguous phrase like "industrial pollution" and simply redefine it to include "jobs-housing" imbalance? Because no one would read your article without the fake alarm bell in the first line? If that's the problem why not choose a subject that hasn't been beat to death already, rather that butcher the English language?

You write like this and send me spam email asking me to pay to read it? Good Luck.

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Posted by bea
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2019 at 8:24 pm

bea is a registered user.

This series has been wonderful! Thank you, Kate.
By the way, it would lovely if one of the options for identifying our residential community for purposes of commenting would be East Palo Alto, especially for stories such as this.

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Posted by Lynne Bramlett
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 19, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Lynne Bramlett is a registered user.

Kate, your series has been impactful and very effectively researched and reported. I appreciate the quality of your work and your commitment to telling the truth, respectfully and compellingly.

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