The dark legacy of this iconic baseball stadium

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How Los Angeles destroyed a community and built a ballpark on top of it.

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Before Dodger Stadium, LA had Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bishop - three neighborhoods that made up a thriving, predominantly Mexican American community in an area known as Chavez Ravine.

But in the late 1940s, the city marked that area as “blighted,” setting the stage for a decade-long battle by residents to preserve the community against threats of eviction. Ultimately, the city forced out residents with little to no compensation, clearing the way for the future baseball stadium.

The result is a complicated legacy, a story that's often missing from the history of Los Angeles, and for some, hard questions about what it means to be a fan of the LA Dodgers. Through interviews with several former residents of the area, this episode of Missing Chapter explores the story of the neighborhoods cleared to make way for the future chosen by the city.

Note: The headline on this video has been updated.
Previous headline: Dodger Stadium’s violent origin story

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For more on Chavez Ravine’s history, check out the oral history and archival project, An Unfinished Story:

Buried Under the Blue:

Eric Nusbaum’s book, Stealing Home:

Eric Avila’s article, “Revisiting the Chavez Ravine”:

Don Normark’s photo book:

Code Switch’s article on Chavez Ravine:

99 Percent Invisible’s podcast:

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Have an idea for a story we should investigate for Missing Chapter? Tell us!
Arda Pranata
Arda Pranata 10 दिन पहले
1st choose the Minority you want to tell 2nd choose Unfamiliar problem about them 3rd adds some racial stance on them 4th choose an odd looking presenter to prove that anyone are able to get their chances.
Dr Suicide
Dr Suicide महीने पहले
Have you ever thought of trying one where you didnt she horn in race baiting and hatred of white people? It would likely be VERY challenging for your staff but maybe give it a shot.
D. D.
D. D. महीने पहले
Seneca Village
Marady Mon
Marady Mon 2 महीने पहले
Investigate the U.S. Involvement in the Cambodian War & Genocide
Gennady Hedblom
Gennady Hedblom 2 महीने पहले
Amelia Earhart, maybe a topic stemming from aviation. The industry has plenty to divulge
Sc दिन पहले
Should have kept them in Brooklyn where they were welcomed
Douglas Bonnecarrere
Douglas Bonnecarrere दिन पहले
Always wondered why my tata moved over to Arizona, found out it was actually because his family used to live in Chavez ravine
Alex Hernandez
Alex Hernandez 3 दिन पहले
It’s called gentrification get over it
Edgar Carrillo
Edgar Carrillo 3 दिन पहले
This sounds like what they did to Seneca village in nyc for Central Park
Charlie J
Charlie J 3 दिन पहले
In China, they would call you a "capitalist" to seize your property. In America, they labeled you a "socialist" to do the same.
bri 3 दिन पहले
Lol no one cares
Esteban Orlando Vega
Esteban Orlando Vega 5 दिन पहले
I had no idea. Thank you
isetthem 7 दिन पहले
Los Angeles has a dark history. If you're Mexican you learn about this. This is also why some gangs got started.
Anthony Cabadas
Anthony Cabadas 10 दिन पहले
Boooo whoooooo! Cares!!!!!
a Jackson
a Jackson 10 दिन पहले
12:09 one of the most agregiius racist removals in US history? I don't think so. There have been HUNDREDS of racist removals of BLACM CITIZENS that resulted in DEATHS of those citizens in US history. Please do not attempt to revise history to fit a narrative
Joe Rispoli
Joe Rispoli 11 दिन पहले
Taking out the lifeblood of a community in Brooklyn to literally bulldoze another community in LA is just textbook America of the 50's. It's so depressing and demoralizing, how are we ever going to right these wrongs?
Max Nienhuis
Max Nienhuis 15 दिन पहले
It was for a good cause. Baseball!
Marco Apollo
Marco Apollo 15 दिन पहले
Chalk that up to another reason to hate the dodgers.... and LA
Miguel Garcia
Miguel Garcia 16 दिन पहले
Pretty sure the Native Americans were displaced more than Hispanics and Blacks. And now she’s using the term Latinx. With that mentality they won’t see us as one of them
Michael Jerry
Michael Jerry 16 दिन पहले
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Jocelyn J
Jocelyn J 17 दिन पहले
Wow, same with Seneca Village in NYC (now Central Park), also with indigenous people, also with Palestine (supporting Israel’s policy of genocide)
Anthony King
Anthony King 17 दिन पहले
Soooo to me it seems the City Officals at the time are the bad guys here, not so much the Dodgers. They had already had plans in 1950 to force people out for the "Elysian Park" Project and began knocking down majority of the homes by 1951. all that was done for public housing, Not the Dodgers. Just my opinion... This was a great insightfull video! I have a co worker that dis likes the Dogers for this reason but I never really understood until now. THE MORE YOU KNOW
Jhon Smith
Jhon Smith 19 दिन पहले
Would have been nice if they included some numbers on the houses. Ie how much owners were paid vs how independent appraisers said it was worth. I find it odd that they conveniently left that out.
Jhon Smith
Jhon Smith 13 दिन पहले
@CADEN ϟ From my understanding, the ones who complied got paid very nicely. It was only the ones that didn't comply that the city had to use the money that was intended for them to get them out. Also, I heard most of them move to relatively the same area so to say the community was destroyed is inaccurate.
CADEN ϟ 13 दिन पहले
Even if they were paid reparations it doesn’t compare to the fact that their entire community was destroyed.
Disciple_Mason 20 दिन पहले
You know we’re I go when we’re dancin, handshakes in the hamptons❤️
Cryptic X
Cryptic X 20 दिन पहले
This same situation happened here in NYC. The cross Bronx expressway was built on former houses and peoples properties. Like these former residents, they too had to move on a short moments notice.
Ramen Lover
Ramen Lover 24 दिन पहले
Become a angel fan now
Mr. K
Mr. K 24 दिन पहले
The Missing Chapter is one of the best series from VOX!
Lorena MZ
Lorena MZ 25 दिन पहले
Brooklyn!? WOW how gentrification repeats it's self
Na Cl
Na Cl 26 दिन पहले
It sounds weird to hear ppl say latinx.
Hafiz Othman
Hafiz Othman 26 दिन पहले
Forgive me for my ignorance but I couldn't understand why it is called "world series" when teams that competing are all american state teams..should've been called "national series"
FortNikitaBullion 27 दिन पहले
I hope that stadium has a superspreading event. Would serve them right.
malanga5133 29 दिन पहले
They lost me at latinx
Chill महीने पहले
Not me watching this as a Giants fan! 🤣
Kyle Pride
Kyle Pride महीने पहले
The suppressors/dictators can't have people who are unified, successful, uncorrupted-able, educated, self reliant and etc. Coz When or if that were to happen we can no longer be slaves and our minds would be smart, free and resilient!!
Marcos Borges
Marcos Borges महीने पहले
We will never forget Barrio Chavez Ravine!!!
onice33 महीने पहले
Amerikkka as always... i love learning how f**ked up white supremacy really is..
4rmDEC2FRE महीने पहले
If mexican ppl are considered “white” why were they discriminated against?
Thunderbird_102 28 दिन पहले
They're not white, most Mexicans are a mix of the Native Americans in Mexico and Spanish settlers, they are known as Mestizos
Malcolm X Box
Malcolm X Box महीने पहले
That’s America baby! One scam after another. “Land of the free?? Whoever taught you that is your enemy.” - RATM
Canned_Ice महीने पहले
This kind of thing happened all over the US! Just terrible.
1999bill1999 महीने पहले
SoFi Stadium was the former site of the Hollywood Park racetrack. No one was displaced of their home in the construction of SoFi Stadium
Grendle81 महीने पहले
I was onboard until she said "latinx" @12:17.
Priscilla Garcia
Priscilla Garcia महीने पहले
The white man wins yet again.
MarcoTron08 महीने पहले
I- that's so deppressing
msandovalchavez महीने पहले
That's one of the reasons I refuse to step foot in that stadium!
Arthur Le Saux
Arthur Le Saux महीने पहले
Video was quality journalism until she said latinx 😂😂 what a joke
eliot महीने पहले
Real Mexicans root for the Padres. FTD
Ramen Lover
Ramen Lover 24 दिन पहले
No Angel's wait that's white guys and asian guys
Pablo Diaz
Pablo Diaz महीने पहले
Messed up
The Sportsbook
The Sportsbook महीने पहले
No wonder Dodgers had a long drought they had that Chavez Ravine Curse going 🤣🤣🤣
Vincent Huying
Vincent Huying महीने पहले
Thanks for reminding us of what should be the forever dodger curse.
J T महीने पहले
They did the same thing in Indianapolis about 20 years ago they rebuilt the school and took three city blocks and you had to move and take what they gave you and my mother lost her house and had to buy another house and she owns her house out right and they didn’t give her enough money to buy a new house out right so this is it just California that does this this is every state they can take your home and give you their price that they were not the price that your house is worth this is a problem through the United States you owned your house but the city of State and come in anytime and take it and give you what they want for it
Oceanbrave महीने पहले
Where the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon is was previously a thriving black neighborhood. Same with Kaiser Permanente, Interstate 5, and Randall Children's Hospital. The people who used to live there got nothing. And those that remained face urban blight and increased crime.
67marlins महीने पहले
Proud to be a San Francisco Giants fan. I can sleep at night compared to this.
Thunderbird_102 28 दिन पहले
Shotguner 42
Shotguner 42 महीने पहले
Should’ve left them in Brooklyn
pokey gorilla
pokey gorilla महीने पहले
It's called Eminent Domain, It happens all for the time for public projects, roads, bridges, ports, railways, military bases, national parks, and yes sometimes for stadiums.
Arrow Dave
Arrow Dave महीने पहले
See Native American history
Curtis Densmore
Curtis Densmore महीने पहले
Eminent domain stories are always terrible and they happen to people of all colors. Greedy people don't feel less greedy towards white people.
Greg Sells
Greg Sells महीने पहले
Tulsa's minor league park, ONEOK Field, is in the Greenwood District. It was built years after the massacre that destroyed Black Wall Street.
Ruben Saravia
Ruben Saravia महीने पहले
stop saying latinx porfavor
Brohansan महीने पहले
Another reason to hate the dodgers
JADiaz10 महीने पहले
Stop saying Latinx
Arturo Gómez Tagle
Arturo Gómez Tagle महीने पहले
The what? Las Angeles ? It’s LOS Angeles. Las Vegas. Los Angeles. Los amigos. Las amigas. Now you know.
Adanac Tnomew
Adanac Tnomew महीने पहले
She's speaking is in the correct way and English speaker would. You know different languages have different pronunciations. Spanish people don't say Washington or South Carolina the exact English way either. And just wait how you hear how the Brits say it (Laws Ang-el-ees)
Paul J
Paul J महीने पहले
The same thing happened when Chicago built the Eisenhower Expressway
Franco Morel
Franco Morel महीने पहले
It's progress, deal with it
Evan Freeh
Evan Freeh महीने पहले
The people who lived there already made progress and were progressing. Built a community and were continuing to thrive. Shouldn't the people who want to displace them have to deal with it and find somewhere else to build?
J Th
J Th महीने पहले
So history should be forgotten? LOL
Chase B
Chase B महीने पहले
I spit on the people at Vox
Kenneth Jose
Kenneth Jose महीने पहले
12:39 grandma: “this boy doesn’t know what he’s talking about”
StrawHatMatt महीने पहले
Y’all acting like the dodgers and the city of LA had a deal going to evict everyone at the ravine but yes the parking lot is large I don’t know why maybe they could’ve built a community around the stadium as well
Chris KRonik
Chris KRonik महीने पहले
This Makes me so upset. I know my opinion doesn’t really matter. But this is incredibly sad. I am sorry that this happen to the Chavez Ravine. 😕😢
j c M
j c M महीने पहले
It’s all about the the SF Giants.
Aaron Chairez
Aaron Chairez महीने पहले
I mean now dodger stadium really is the blue heaven on earth but a dark story behind the beauty it brought I mean dodger stadium for me is home it’s peaceful one of the peacefullest place in Cali but wow I knew abt this and just forgot abt it
rockmysock01 महीने पहले
All of that just to win less championships than the Giants
What’s a meme. Bob
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Rrrr m
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Hunter Jessup
Hunter Jessup महीने पहले
I always wanted to see the Polo Grounds but it's a housing project now, does that mean we're even?
Fire Burn
Fire Burn महीने पहले
Yo thats creepy. All the old people looked really familiar though i dont know any of them
Salvador Acosta
Salvador Acosta महीने पहले
It is really sad that after all of that displacement and suffering most of the terrains were turn into parking lots... For curiosity, I compared that space to places in my city and it was enough to fit the main Univerity, 2 schools(with high schools), the sports complex, and the local brigade.
Robert Panazza
Robert Panazza महीने पहले
Video started off great until the term latinX
Jafferson Anien
Jafferson Anien महीने पहले
The awkwardness between the two generations . It’s a very sad piece of history . Wish we were taught all of this instead of masking the dark history that white supremacy education had been covered for far too long .
Mr.DickstaOne RichmondKings
Mr.DickstaOne RichmondKings महीने पहले
Did she say LatinX? What is LatinX?
Chris Smith
Chris Smith महीने पहले
I think that's what you should focus on 👍
S P महीने पहले
Why doesn't the city just pay the decenants a fair value.
Antonio Curiel
Antonio Curiel महीने पहले
Lost me at Latinx
16 by Nine
16 by Nine महीने पहले
Go Dodgers!!
Justin महीने पहले
60 game covid cup
Bryan Bradley
Bryan Bradley महीने पहले
Latino's are Western European as well (Spain) so quit race bating
Thunderbird_102 28 दिन पहले
They're not white, most Mexicans are a mix of the Native Americans in Mexico and Spanish settlers, they are known as Mestizos
Bryan Bradley
Bryan Bradley महीने पहले
Mexcains are European as well lol
Thunderbird_102 28 दिन पहले
They're not white, most Mexicans are a mix of the Native Americans in Mexico and Spanish settlers, they are known as Mestizos
Jak Bash
Jak Bash महीने पहले
This is exactly what's happening right now in East Jerusalem...
Bobby Jenkins
Bobby Jenkins महीने पहले
All great everybody and their mama's beating this dead horse again and again and again and again 🙄😡
CherryTown Vibe
CherryTown Vibe महीने पहले
The power of money
Dylan महीने पहले
I learned about this in eighth grade. Sad how recently it was
sonofsarek महीने पहले
The darkest history are the fans in Dodger stadium. It looks like they dragged them straight out of San Quentin. They act like it too.
Hillers62 महीने पहले
Typical California...all about the government....but NOT about it's people...It's still true today....California is racist...
Joe Nutsack
Joe Nutsack महीने पहले
Seems like neighborhoods back the. Were friendly and everyone felt like they had some sort of community
PascalMara1 महीने पहले
Its heart breaking...
Zack महीने पहले
Y'all want big government. This is what big government looks like.
WRETCH I AM महीने पहले
Wow very informative. Now drop the Latinx.
gdrtr dxfs
gdrtr dxfs महीने पहले
The elite workshop concretely rot because game orly beam forenenst a upbeat recess. lumpy, dapper chard
Mars Coriad
Mars Coriad महीने पहले
This mirrors what happened to Africville in Nova Scotia, Canada. The only difference? African Canadians were removed from their homes, their Church, built in 1849, was torn down, and the land was converted into a dog park. A Dog Park... that is beyond insulting.
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Stephen Howland
Stephen Howland महीने पहले
Horrible piece. No inclusion of voices from the other side. Both seems to hate they were forcing people out to build public housing than demonizes those that ran against public housing.
மர்ம மனிதன்
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Voltaire महीने पहले
No more racist than any other country. The US is just far more racially diverse than most everywhere
Humberto Antonio
Humberto Antonio महीने पहले
The gifted beggar rhetorically scrub because weeder holoprosencephaly crawl down a six multi-hop. open, therapeutic cockroach
BoostieSRT महीने पहले
Angels is the true California team
Emanuel Hernandez
Emanuel Hernandez महीने पहले
Found a new reason to not like the LA Dodgers
John Bolton
John Bolton महीने पहले
Stab me in the ears w/ a rusty knife if I have to listen to this chik narrate another video
Lix महीने पहले
This is eerily similar to Africville in Halifax where they were forced out of their homes
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