COVID-19 has hit small businesses hard in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Independent bookstores like Vroman’s in Pasadena and Chevalier’s Books in Larchmont Village – longtime fixtures in their neighborhoods that are on the brink of closure. Thankfully, customers have been rallying to their cause but mom and pop shops and eateries everywhere are on the precipice.
UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge Director Paul Ong was invited to a radio broadcast on the 89.3 KPCC station to discuss findings from some of CNK’s COVID-19 research projects. Particularly, he discussed the disproportionate effects the pandemic has had on communities of color and small businesses found within ethnic enclaves throughout Los Angeles, who are more at-risk of permanent closure.