On Valley Edition: West Fresno; High Speed Rail, Chinatown & Fresno's Historic Arch; Theodore Kuchar

Oct 29, 2013

A number of archaeological digs will take place over the upcoming months in Fresno's historic Chinatown.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we explore the issues that have plagued West Fresno and how California's future bullet train may impact one of the oldest districts in Fresno.

For years, the historically African-American community of West Fresno has borne a heavy burden. From polluting heavy industry to waste dumps, a sewage plan and superfund sites – it’s a side of Fresno quite different from the wealthy suburbs north of Herndon Avenue. Valley Public Radio Reporter Rebecca Plevin explores two controversial projects that have some asking: How much is too much for one part of the city to bear?

Valley Edition Host Joe Moore explores the issues the community of West Fresno face with Fresno State Professor John Capitman, Mary Curry with Concerned Citizens of West Fresno and Tate Hill with the Fresno Metro Black Chamber.

Later in the program we explore the changes expected to come from California’s future bullet train. FM89 Reporter Ezra Romero explores the implications of archeological digs in Fresno’s Chinatown. Moore takes a look at the possibility of the historic Fresno Arch's move to a more visible locale in the city.

Ending the program, Moore interviews Fresno’s longtime conductor Theodore Kuchar about his latest album Latin American Classics that he was nominated for a Latin Grammy for.