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L.A.’s Housing Crisis Hits a Boiling Point

Who owns the public park?


Episode Notes

Los Angeles’s Echo Park Lake is home to swan boats, running trails, and space for members of its rapidly gentrifying community to gather during the pandemic. Up until last week, it was also home to more than 100 people living in tents on the west side of the park. The encampment became the focal point of L.A.’s housing affordability crisis when the housed members of the Echo Park neighborhood called for it to be cleared.

Guest: Benjamin Oreskes, metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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Podcast production by Davis Land, Carmel Delshad, Danielle Hewitt, Mary Wilson and Elena Schwartz.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

  • Mary Wilson is a founding producer for What Next and a former producer for The Gist.