Gentrification Driving Out Families From Dense L.A. Neighborhoods

In some of Los Angeles' densest neighborhoods, higher rents and property values have resulted in a drop in school enrollments -- an early indicator that families with children are leaving the urban core.

"Public school enrollment is dropping fast in some of the most notoriously crowded neighborhoods of Los Angeles as soaring rents and property values displace low-income, mostly immigrant families...School enrollment figures offer an early glimpse of demographic trends that won't show up in census data for several years. A Los Angeles Times analysis of those numbers, grouped by ZIP Codes, found an unmistakable pattern: Families with children are leaving the city's core...The families began leaving a few years ago, as property values and rents soared. School administrators and housing advocates said residents of the restored homes or new luxury condominiums tend to have fewer or no children."

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