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South of Fletcher Podcast Is Out by Bear Guerra

South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie explores the past, present and potential of the Bowtie Parcel. Once one of Southern California’s most important rail yards, this site will soon become the next urban California State Park, joining a patchwork of other river-adjacent green spaces that are shaping the course of LA River revitalization. Through personal interviews with people who have worked, lived and otherwise made their marks at this post-industrial site, Fonografia Collective explores some of LA’s biggest challenges, and speculates about what change at this site might mean for the rest of the city. Written and co-produced by Ruxandra Guidi, edited by Ibby Caputo, music by Luis Guerra.

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South of Fletcher Launches this Fall by Bear Guerra

South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie is our latest multi-platform storytelling project that will launch September 2018, exploring the past, present, and future of the Bowtie through personal stories and research findings. It'll unfold through a photography exhibition at Occidental College, five podcast episodes and three public discussions.

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Our Latest Collaboration is South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie by Bear Guerra

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South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie is a multi-platform storytelling project by Fonografia Collective that will launch in fall 2018.

Los Angeles’s greatest challenges and opportunities are complex and unwieldy issues. The housing crisis, lack of open space, effects of climate change, and forces of urban development can be difficult concepts to speak about and to relate to. Remarkably, an unassuming, seemingly abandoned site along the river in Northeast LA pulls everything into focus. The future of the Bowtie Parcel, once one of Southern California’s most important rail yards, is being debated right now. More on our upcoming project here.

Going Gray in LA travels to the Los Angeles Public Library by Ruxandra Guidi

Following Broadway, an 18-mile avenue that cuts through the working-class heart of Los Angeles, last year we journeyed from Lincoln Heights, into Chinatown, through Downtown, and on to South LA to find out how our city is changing and what makes life worth living — as we grow old in Los Angeles. This photo exhibit will live at the first floor galleries of the LA Public Library downtown from October 6, 2017 until January 25, 2018. Free and open to all ages!

More on the exhibit here.

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Police, la migra and the trouble with Trump by Bear Guerra

Ruxandra's third "Letter from California" is out in High Country News, on the tricky dance Los Angeles' cops must do in order to stay in Latino engagement but out of immigration enforcement. Every month, she'll be chronicling efforts in the state to grapple with its role in the changing, modern West under a Trump presidency. 

Read the essay here. And in Spanish, here.