'City-Engineered Holocaust': Race, Tribal Sovereignty, and Urban Renewal in Palm Springs' Section 14 Neighborhood
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Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Ednilson E Rodriguez Sorto
Section 14 is a square-mile neighborhood in downtown Palm Springs owned by the Agua Caliente and bounded by E Alejo Road to the north, Indian Canyon Drive to the west, Ramon Road to the south, and Sunrise Way to the east. During the early-to-mid 20th century, it was de facto segregated, housing “at least 1,000 domestics...working to turn the desert town into a playground for the wealthy and Hollywood stars like Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra.” During the 1950s, however, Section 14 was targeted for urban renewal due to new federal legislation and close collaboration between city officials and businessmen. Section 14 residents were evicted and had their properties destroyed, and now their descendants seek reparations from the city for destroying their generational wealth.
Rodriguez Sorto, Ednilson, "'City-Engineered Holocaust': Race, Tribal Sovereignty, and Urban Renewal in Palm Springs' Section 14 Neighborhood" (2023). CMC Senior Theses. 3254.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.