This article tells the story of a central Los Angeles community garden and the women, who came primarily from Southern Mexico and Central America, who had plots there. The garden fostered an informal support network for the women and families who used it, and a place to grow food and flowers common in their home communities but not found in Los Angeles. The essay then traces the upheaval the followed a local nonprofit’s takeover of, and investment in, the garden.
Paradise Transplanted: Paradise lost?
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo is a professor of sociology and an associate director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California. She is the author or editor of nine books, the most recent of which is Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens.
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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo; Paradise Transplanted: Paradise lost?. Boom 1 September 2014; 4 (3): 86–94. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.3.86
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