KQED Looks Inside the Changing Bay Area with 'American Suburb'

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A housing subdivision in Antioch. (Photo: Deborah Svoboda / KQED)

KQED's new series "American Suburb" takes a close look at how gentrification and out-migration affect not only the individuals who move, but the towns who receive those transplants. Reporters Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirks join us to share the stories of Antioch, a traditionally white working class town 40 miles east of San Francisco, that has seen an influx of African American and Muslim American residents over the past 20 years. In this hour, we'll hear about the changes afoot in Antioch and examine the conflict, tension and opportunity in the Bay Area's changing towns and suburbs. And we'd like to hear from you: tell us about the Bay Area suburb you live in. If you're a recent transplant, why did you move and how are you liking it? Conversely, if you're a longtime resident of a suburb, how has it changed?


Devin Katayama, East Bay reporter, KQED News

Sandhya Dirks, East Bay reporter, KQED News

Alex Schafran, urbanist, planner and geographer, University of Leeds; author, "Origins of an Urban Crisis: The Restructuring of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Geography of Foreclosure"