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Feature - Gentrification in Vallejo, California
Carolyn Drake
"Vallejo CA has long been known for its gangs, bad schools, and crime. Exacerbating its reputation as a 'miserable place', the city declared bankruptcy in 2008 after the core of its economy, the Naval Shipyard on Mare Island, shut down. People lost jobs and moved away, leaving houses shuttered and empty. A decade later, according to Realtor.com, Vallejo is ranked #1 real estate market in the US as the San Francisco Bay area continues to expand with the tech boom, pricing working and middle class earners out of the city and East Bay. My partner and I, both photographers, fell in line with the trend...

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USA. Vallejo, California. 2017. Vallejo CA has long been known...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Downtown alley.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. New mural downtown.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. House on Sacramento Street.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Night view at Colleen and Ed's house....
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. St Vincents Hill.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. St Vincent's Hill.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Rose's yard sale.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Guests at Brooke and Sean's baby shower...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Colleen gives Ed a haircut in their kitchen....
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Tina in my Car.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Denise's piercings (at her daughter's...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Tina at home in the Marina Vista apartments...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Jessica, living in Motel 7.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Boat House in the marina.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Andrew in the alley outside his shared...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Mingus waits for Paul to do chin ups...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Barbara, who is homeless and her twin...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Earl and Dolores on the edge of their...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Emilio and his sister Maria at work at...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Section 8 housing on Sonoma Blvd and...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Regina washes Cynndie's hair in the back...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Latrell, Former Student at Vallejo High,...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. First communion party.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Jessica's dresser.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Holiday preparation and craft sale at...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Easter performance at St Vincent Ferrer...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Vallejo PAL Boxing – Empress Challenge...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. A neighbor in the section 8 Marina Vista...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Bill with his parrot Lovelove on Tennessee...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Dog trimming on Georgia Street.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Vallejo High school track team wait for...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Luiz rides his horse through the city...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Tina digging for opalescent bottles in...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. David records Christian rap in his basement...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Wiggin's Knipp Funeral Home, one of many...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Guadalajara Taco Truck on Sunday.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Village Market liquor and Grocery on...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. House on Marin Street burning after a...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Painted tags.
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2016. Painted tags.
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USA. Vallejo, California. 2017. Vallejo CA has long been known...
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USA. Vallejo, California. 2017. A prospective buyer visits a...
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USA. Vallejo, California. 2017. Real estate agent in a property...
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USA. Vallejo, California. 2017. Prospective buyers visits a property...
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USA. Vallejo, CA. 2017. Realtors greet at an Open House.
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USA. Vallejo, California. 2017. Vallejo CA has long been known...
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