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USC Village tries to address gentrification concerns




The new USC Village features a Trader Joe's, Target and 15 restaurants.
The new USC Village features a Trader Joe's, Target and 15 restaurants.
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Thursday marks the official opening of USC Village. The campus extension stretches across 15 acres, adding three million square feet of student housing, green space, retail and academic facilities. 

And it cost a cool $700 million bucks. USC Village has been three years in the making and included a lot of community input. 

Still, anti-gentrification activists have concerns about uniting one of LA's poorest neighborhoods with one of its wealthiest universities. KPCC's Josie Huang has been reporting on USC village. She spoke to A Martinez about the school's efforts.

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