Natalie Delgadillo


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I write and report on state and local government for Governing Magazine in Washington, D.C. Previously I was a bilingual reporter at The Atlantic's urbanism website, CityLab. I'm interested in environment and energy, immigrant communities and housing issues.

Defining 'Gentefication' in Latino Neighborhoods

When young, upwardly mobile Latinos move back to their old neighborhoods, some residents are wary of the changes they bring. This article originally appeared in Spanish on our sister site, CityLab Latino.

The Neighborhood That Went to War Against Gentrifiers

In East L.A.'s Boyle Heights, an art gallery closes, and a group of activists and residents claim a victory in their battle against encroaching development. In May of last year, a nonprofit art gallery called PSSST was preparing to open in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, a working-class Latino community just across the river from downtown Los Angeles's Arts District.

Advocating for the Environment When Your Rural Town Won't

Environmental advocacy is difficult in the Trump era. In rural areas, it's even harder. "To be personally attacked for speaking up, to be silenced, it was devastating to me," says one resident who tried to fight fracking in her rural Pennsylvania county.

Can States and Cities Stop ICE From Impersonating Police?

In February, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) publicly released video footage of agents knocking at the door of a Los Angeles man wanted for deportation. It was still dark, shortly before dawn, when a man came to the door. "Good morning, how are you doing?"

Trump Reverses Obama's Ban on Military Gear Going to Police

At a time when allegations of and videos showing police brutality regularly appear in the news, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that the Trump administration will reinstate a program that provides surplus military equipment to local police departments.

What's in the Water? Chemicals. Who Will Protect Us? Probably Not Trump.

1,4-dioxane is an unregulated industrial solvent often found in shampoos, bubble bath, cosmetic products -- and tap water. Across the U.S., 7 million people in 27 states are drinking water with elevated levels of the chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency classifies as a "likely carcinogen," according to a report published last week by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Will Global Warming Make Air Conditioning a Legal Right?

Before he died on the floor of his prison cell in East Texas, Robert Allen Webb asked for help. "I'm feeling dizzy, weary, cramps, muscle spasms," Webb wrote to prison medical personnel in 2009, according to The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization.

The Fight for Environmental Justice and the Rise of Citizen Activism

The city of Commerce, Calif., lies in one of the most industrialized pockets of the country. Located in southeast Los Angeles County, Commerce is sliced up by freeway overpasses and freight rail lines. Diesel trucks carrying goods from the ports of L.A.

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