Working with The Fresno Bee, owned by The McClatchy Company, and the NEWSCo/Lab at Arizona State University, we designed and are managing Crossing the Line (with City Hall reporter Brianna Calix). This project, which began in the fall of 2018, brings residents of North and South Fresno, long divided by measures including income and race and ethnicity, into a conversation to discover points of understanding and common ground in what one Fresno mayor dubbed “A Tale of Two Cities.”
There’s a divide in Fresno. The north part of the city – the area above Shaw Avenue — has more parks, better schools. And the meat rendering plant? It’s in Southwest Fresno.
Nearly 75 percent of the people who currently live in the city of Fresno are not white, estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show.
When Felipe Arballo was in middle school planning his high school future, he and his mother decided he should go to Bullard High instead of Fresno High, where most of his neighbors attended.
Fresnans who responded to a poll in a Bee story earlier this month pinned the city’s divide on systemic racism and income inequality.