After a historic rent control win, residents and activists in the largely black and Latino city of Inglewood are not just celebrating their hard-fought renter protections, but they’re also envisioning how the increasingly booming city could further benefit its working-class residents.
“Rent control is only one piece of the puzzle,” says Jelani Hendrix, a member of the housing justice coalition Uplift Inglewood. “Now we’re trying to figure out what are other things we can advocate for to make sure that the development that happens in this city is community-centered and is community-driven.”
Inglewood, which has historically suffered years of disinvestment, is going through a development boom. Construction is moving forward for the 2020 opening of the NFL stadium — a $2.6-billion project that many residents see as the reason why their rents are increasing. The city is also getting access to a new rail line and thousands of market-rate apartments. An arena for the Clippers is also in the works.