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The battle over San Diego's Barrio Logan

by Sandhya Dirks, Fronteras Desk | Take Two

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A demonstrator walks through the Barrio Logan area during an immigration march on May 1, 2007 at Chican Park in San Diego, California. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Wedged between the port and the freeway, the San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan is a diverse mish-mash of homes, schools, and heavy industry. Its largely Latino population is the result of Mexicans brought over to work the docks during World War II.

But the mix of industry and homes has made the air in Barrio Logan dangerous to breathe; residents are three times more likely to have asthma than in other parts of the city. Now, after 30 years, Barrio Logan has a new community plan and the maritime industry is not happy about it.

From the Fronteras Desk, KPBS' Sandhya Dirks reports on the battle for Barrio Logan.

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