Almanac reporter Kate Bradshaw will be speaking at the Menlo Park Library tonight about her reporting series, Uneven Ground, which explores the Mid-Peninsula's history of racial discrimination in housing and how it's shaped the environmental health burdens that some neighborhoods continue to bear today.
The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the downstairs program room at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
The Mid-Peninsula isn't just a place where residents pay millions of dollars for their homes, an uncanny number of people drive luxury vehicles, gorgeous open spaces abound and markets teem with fresh produce.
It's also a place where, in other neighborhoods, large numbers of families struggle to earn enough just to stay sheltered, ill-equipped streets choke with commuters cutting through to tech jobs, and parks and nutritious food options are harder to find.
Bradshaw will discuss how some of these inequalities came to be, and how they shape current and future disparities in environmental health in the communities of Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks.
The event will also highlight a photo exhibition at the Main Library of images from the series taken by middle school student participants in Girls to Women, an East Palo Alto-based nonprofit focused on female youth empowerment.
The "Uneven Ground" reporting series includes information from 100 interviews conducted in these communities, with the support of bilingual high school student researchers. The project was completed with the support of a 2019 California Fellowship through the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism.
Read the three-part series here:
The event takes place on Bradshaw's last day with The Almanac. She will be taking on an exciting new beat with The Almanac's sister paper, the Mountain View Voice, covering education and health.
You can reach her in the future at [email protected]