How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Study: In low income 'food deserts,' the kind and size of food stores matters

Source: University of Southern California

As Michelle Obama was promoting grocery store access in Inglewood today, the University of Southern California released a report illustrating just where it is that large supermarkets are most lacking in several large metro areas, including L.A.

The report makes a distinction between chain supermarkets, which provide lower prices and a larger selection, and smaller retail food stores, which there are more of, but don't have the economy of scale to provide the best prices or freshest food. Even if there are food stores around, the kind and quality matters, according to researchers. From a USC press release:

“’Retail deserts’ is not an accurate label for many poor neighborhoods,” said Jenny Schuetz, a professor with the USC Price School of Public Policy and the study’s lead author.

“It’s not a matter of how many there are – there are lots of small ‘mom-and-pop’ stores but not many larger chain stores or supermarkets,” Schuetz said. “Having access to bigger stores could mean a larger range of produce and lower prices.”


How immigrants will help reshape the future wealth of Los Angeles

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Over the next several decades, what will be the color of money in Los Angeles? A new report from the California Community Foundation points to what some might find an unexpected driver of wealth in the region: entrepreneurial immigrants.

Along with entrepreneurship, immigration is expected to be one of the two most likely factors shaping the creation of wealth in the region in the coming 50 years, according to the report. An excerpt:

Los Angeles’ entrepreneurial community is diverse, with more women- and minority-owned businesses than any other county in the nation, according to the Federal Reserve.

There is a strong connection between entrepreneurial activity and immigration. Immigrants were, for example, more than twice as likely in 2010 to start businesses each month than were native-born U.S. residents.


Report: First and second generation to be a third of U.S. population by 2040

Source: University of Southern California

report released today by the University of Southern California that projects the growth of immigrant generations in the United States has the second-generation children of immigrants poised to make up a larger share of the overall U.S. population in coming years, more so than they have in the past.

Published by USC's Population Dynamics Research Group, the report projects changes in the population of foreign-born immigrants and their descendants through 2040. It predicts slower growth in the foreign-born immigrant population, but growth all the same, with foreign-born immigrants due to comprise 16.7 percent of the population by 2040 (up from 13.2 in 2010).

The growth of the second generation - which includes the older second-generation children of immigrant parents who arrived long ago - has taken a different trajectory over the years, interestingly. Now it's on a steady climb:


Readers on Latinos buying 'grandma's house'

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A post earlier this week highlighted a new USC report on the "housing swap" taking place in California between older white Americans as they sell off their homes in retirement, and the younger Latinos who are entering the market. According to the report, it's thanks in part to these new homeowners that while California residents 75 and older have been selling their homes in large numbers, the state has seen only a one percent net drop in home ownership rates.

The headline asked the question, "Who will buy grandma's house?" The reaction from some of the readers posting comments on KPCC's Facebook page has been interesting.

Marc Ramirez wrote:

Yeah, yeah... coming to your neighborhood!

Jeff Musa didn't seem to mind that, writing:
Today's Latinos aren't any different than yesterday's Germans or Italians. Families. Values. Upwards. Education. It's still happening and yeah, there were people scared of the 'bad' immigrants 100 years ago too, yelling at them to learn English already. It will be fine folks. Welcome to the neighborhood.


Who will buy grandma's house? Likely a Latino family

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Who is going to buy your parents' or grandparents' house when they retire and downsize, or move out of state? According to a new study from the University of Southern California, there's a good chance that the buyers will be Latino.

The report from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development breaks down who has been selling homes in California and who has been buying them, using census data to illustrate a housing swap that is taking place between older white Americans and younger Latinos.

According to the report, California residents 75 and older have been selling off their homes in large numbers. In spite of this, the state has only experienced a 1 percent net drop in home ownership rates. Why? Largely because of the number of young Latino homeowners entering the market. From the report: