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Real Estate - September 27, 2019

Caught between tech and a hard place

Gentrification hits East Palo Alto hardest, with the city lagging behind its neighbors in economic and quality-of-life metrics

by Kiley Russell

When 73-year-old Randal Parker first moved to East Palo Alto with his family in 1952, he remembers open fields of agricultural land, a diverse and thriving working-class community and job opportunities for people of color.

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Kiley Russell is a contributing writer for the Bay City News Foundation. He can be emailed at


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