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Unincorporated: California's Forgotten Communities(91 images)

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Across California there are hundreds of unincorporated communities. While a few are some of the state's richest areas; most lack sewer systems, clean drinking water, sidewalks, street lights, and storm drains. Populated by poor, working class Latinos, they're neglected by local government and lack the resources to install the most basic infrastructure that city residents rely on.

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  • Hortencia Franco walks past her neighbor's home that is cracking as the foundation sags due to the soil being saturated from overflowing septic tanks in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., February 22, 2012.
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  • Jesus Garibaldo, who is disabled and confined to his wheelchair, eats lunch at his home in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., February 22, 2012.
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  • Grey water from Rosario Cedeano's laundry flows into yard in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., February 22, 2012.
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  • Hortencia Franco walks in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., as it is street cleaned for the first time in her memory, February 22, 2012.
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  • A street cleaner kicks up more dust than it removes in the gutter-less, sidewalk-free Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., February 22, 2012.
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  • An abandoned home is burned and covered in gang tags in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., February 22, 2012.
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  • Alleys are often used for illegal dumping in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., February 22, 2012.
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  • An abandoned home is vandalized and covered in gang tags in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., February 22, 2012.
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  • Nine-year-old Javier Hernandez, left, and his sister, Elizabeth, 6, eat ice cream in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., February 22, 2012.
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  • An abandoned home is burned and covered in gang tags in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., February 22, 2012.
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  • Luis Madrigal gathers oranges in his uncle's front yard in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., February 23, 2012.
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  • A picture of the Virgin Mary is discarded in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., February 23, 2012.
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  • A dead cat lies in an alleyway in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., February 23, 2012.
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  • An abandoned home is burned and covered in gang tags in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., February 23, 2012.
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  • After a rainstorm, large puddles with contaminated water linger for days in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • After a rainstorm, large puddles with contaminated water linger for days in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • After a rainstorm, large puddles with contaminated water linger for days in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Maria Zapien pets her dog, Shigo, in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Maria Zapien and her dog, Shigo, jump over puddles with contaminated water that linger for days in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • The backyard of home in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • The Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Five-year-old Israel Javier de la Torre at his home in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Ten-year-old Benito Tirjeron plays basketball at his home in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Ten-year-old Benito Tirjeron, left, and his friend, Edward Gutierrez, 11, right, play basketball at his home in the Parklawn neighborhood of Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Ten-year-old Benito Tirjeron jumps over a puddle on the edge of the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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