The "Historic Logan Heights" area includes the communities of Logan Heights, Barrio Logan, Memorial, Sherman Heights, Grant Hill, Stockton, Southcrest and Shelltown. Environmental Health Coalition works throughout this area, but especially in Barrio Logan, Logan Heights and Sherman Heights.

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History:

Historic Logan Heights is a microcosm of environmental racism in the United States. You can find it all here:

• A community of color created by racially discriminatory real estate covenants,

• Overcrowding, as more and more people are restricted to a small area,

• Encroachment of industry into residential areas,

• Effects of war and economic downturns on immigrant communities,

• Destructive effects of highways and bridges,

• Failure of government to provide services, provide protective zoning, and keep their promises, and ultimately

• The conversion of once vibrant communities into a land of junkyards, poverty, and substandard housing.

Much of this transformation took place from the 1920's to 1950's, but the community was physically torn apart in the 60's. In 1963, Interstate 5 was built through the middle of Logan Heights – the area to the northeast of the freeway retained the name of Logan Heights, while the area to the southwest became known as Barrio Logan. In 1967, the Coronado Bridge was built, dissecting the new area of Barrio Logan. Thousands of homes were destroyed and families displaced by these events.

But this period also sparked the birth of Barrio Logan. When land that was promised as a park under the bridge was instead slated to be turned into a CalTrans workyard, people revolted. Eventually Chicano Park was created and is now home to world famous murals, a free health clinic was established, many of the junkyards were eliminated, and in 1978 the Barrio Logan/Harbor 101 Community Plan was adopted.

Click here for a more detailed history of the area. (Link to Historical Resources Survey, Barrio Logan Community Plan Area)

For more information on each community and EHC's past and current work, click on the map or community name.

Demographics of Logan Area:

Environmental racism is not easily defined; it is the cumulative impacts of environmental, social, political and economic vulnerabilities that affect the quality of life of a community.

Insert chart for Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Memorial, Sherman Heights, Grant Hill, Stockton, Southcrest, Shelltown: %people of color, %poverty, %children under 6 and 18, median age of housing, %immigrants, %Spanish spoken at home, %with high school degree of less

Pollution burden:

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