In Spring of 2018, a seminar at UCLA School of Law brought together a group of graduate students and law students to trace the current manifestations of the U.S. property law system to its historical origins. From it emerged this collection of pieces, in which students, professors, and practitioners examine the present-day effects of gentrification, displacement, and dispossession in and surrounding Los Angeles.
California’s housing crisis is a concern for many—and a devastation for some. It manifests in various ways, from a daily homelessness count of over 134,000 to gentrification and the displacement of long-time residents and communities as neighborhoods change in character and affordability.
In light of this crisis, this inaugural online series by UCLA Law Review Discourse grapples with the current approach to urban development and its role in the historically ongoing displacement of low-income residents and communities of color from their homes, one of the most essential aspects of human livelihood.
It also attempts to answer how we—as lawyers, community members, and fellow humans—can do better: to acknowledge the devastating consequences of the privatization and commodification of land, to look for creative solutions in the burgeoning crisis, and to honor and center the communities that have experienced or are now experiencing the effects of displacement and dispossession.
We hope this series by student, professor, and attorney authors will make you think about property and development from a new perspective, feel the tangible effects of gentrification and displacement, and work toward creating an improved relationship to land—whether as an advocate or local politician—that is equitable and humane.
- Dispatches from the Other Side of Development
by K-Sue Park
- Living Poor in the Affluent City
by Scott L. Cummings
- Los Angeles, Displacement, and the Rise of Airbnb
by Alex Scott
- Losing Historic Filipinotown
by Ysabel Jurado
- Dialectic Episode: Reclaiming Land Use Law: Using People Power to Guide Development
Dialectic hosts Sunjana Supekar and Jason Lawler talk with Doug Smith, Ysabel Jurado, and Joe Donlin about the role of community planning in combating gentrification in Los Angeles.
- Protecting Mobile Homes as Affordable Housing
by Soham Dhesi
- The Limits of Land Reform: A Comment on Community Land Trusts
by Daniel Foster
- Public Land for Public Good: How Community Groups Are Influencing the Disposition of Public Land to Help Address the Affordable Housing Crisis
by Katie McKeon & Doug Smith
- Local Control of Land and Water Resources: Rethinking California’s Eminent Domain Standard
by Mia Lattanzi
- From Chavez Ravine to Inglewood: How Stadiums Facilitate Displacement in Los Angeles
by Laylaa Abdul-Khabir
- We Shall Not Be Moved: Practitioners' Perspectives on Law and Organizing in Response to California's Housing Crisis
by Tyler Anderson, Terra Graziani & Kyle Nelson