Who Belongs Here?
By Emily Corwin
The Story of a Neighborhood Grocery Store
On January 21st 2011, a newspaper in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain broke the story. The 47-year old Hi Lo Hispanic grocery store would be closing, and a Whole Foods Market would be moving in. The news was polarizing.
City councillors spoke at town meetings, alliances formed, and one thing became clear. Gentrification pits against each other two conflicting values, both at the heart of the American identity.
Produced by Emily Corwin, and with images by Kelly Creedon, this story was funded by the Knight News Challenge project Virtual Street Corners, and was created as multimedia content for the SOTRU website.
Emily Corwin works at the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) where she produces and curates for Public Radio Remix. She also produces independently in Boston, MA and is the former producer and host of The Neighborhood at MIT’s WMBR 88.1FM in Cambridge.