How Property Taxes DOOMED Compton



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Compton is synonymous with gangsta rap and gangs, but why did this small bedroom community come to have such a reputation? It turns out municipal tax policy played a role.

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This video is largely based on the great book “Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California” by Emily E. Straus. Consider purchasing! https://www.amazon.com/Death-Suburban-Dream-California-Politics/dp/0812245989

Other resources:

https://lao.ca.gov/reports/2012/tax/property-tax-primer-112912.aspx

https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2022/23222/Saunders-Compton_California-Research_Paper.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y

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