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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

This comment was written by Alfonso Toro on 8 Oct 2014.

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Low-Wages in Urban Spaces

I completely agree with some of the points that came up in this review because coming from a community in Los Angeles that is very underserved, I have been a first hand witness of the economic disparities that exist between spaces in urban landscapes like the LA. Just looking at East Los Angeles and North-West Los Angeles, there are a lot of differences based on opportunity and resources. I vividly remember having a conversation in a bus from SouthEast Los Angeles to Westwood with a domestic worker who would commute from SouthEast Los Angeles to Westwood in order to earn some money. Her job in Westwood however was not her only one since she needed enough money to support her 3 children without a father. She had to take a total of three buses to get from point A to point B and although the bus for a single ride is not very expensive, the combination of the round-trip tickets on a daily basis adds up. She is not wealthy enough to live by the costly neighborhoods of Westwood and so spends most of her morning commuting by busses to get to her job. Low-wage workers definitely are the people that suffer the most since they are often the most underserved and are forced to live in areas that are underfunded and this perpetuates a cycle of poverty.
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Landscapes and Labor in California By: Joshua Mandell (8 October 2014)
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