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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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  • Ten-year-old Benito Tirjeron jumps over a puddle on the edge of the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012. Across California there are hundreds of unincorporated communities like Parklawn. 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.<br />
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"We have Third World conditions, not only in this area, but in other areas of rural California. Some of it has to do with political will - perhaps in the past, they never had politicians willing to ensure that infrastructure goes to areas that really need it." - California Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez
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  • Ten-year-old Benito Tirjeron jumps over a drainage ditch on the edge of the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Ten-year-old Benito Tirjeron jumps over a drainage ditch on the edge of the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • A vendor sells pastries in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Resident Hidalgo Sanchez listens during a meeting of the Parklawn United Neighbors in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Residents listen during a meeting of the Parklawn United Neighbors in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Residents vote on resolving issues with community alleyways during a meeting of the Parklawn United Neighbors in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • The Rutter family hangs out in front of their Parklawn home in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • The Rutter family hangs out in front of their Parklawn home in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • The Rutter family hangs out in front of their Parklawn home in Modesto, Calif., March 1, 2012.
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  • Raw sewage flows from the Rancho Garcia trailer park onto adjoining agricultural land in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Raw sewage flows from the Rancho Garcia trailer park onto adjoining agricultural land in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Seven-year-old Naftale Gutierrez reaches for a ball in mud contaminated by raw sewage from the Rancho Garcia trailer park and agricultural fertilizers in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Nine-year-old Anthony Parra reaches for a ball in mud contaminated by raw sewage from the Rancho Garcia trailer park and agricultural fertilizers in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Nine-year-old Anthony Parra reaches for a ball in mud contaminated by raw sewage from the Rancho Garcia trailer park and agricultural fertilizers in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Seven-year-old Naftale Gutierrez plays in raw sewage that flows from the Rancho Garcia trailer park onto adjoining agricultural land in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Seven-year-old Naftale Gutierrez plays in raw sewage that flows from the Rancho Garcia trailer park onto adjoining agricultural land in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Seven-year-old Naftale Gutierrez plays in raw sewage that flows from the Rancho Garcia trailer park onto adjoining agricultural land in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Seven-year-old Naftale Gutierrez plays in raw sewage that flows from the Rancho Garcia trailer park onto adjoining agricultural land in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012. Across California there are hundreds of unincorporated communities like Thermal. 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.<br />
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"We have Third World conditions, not only in this area, but in other areas of rural California. Some of it has to do with political will - perhaps in the past, they never had politicians willing to ensure that infrastructure goes to areas that really need it." - California Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez
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  • Sunset in the Rancho Garcia trailer park in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Juan Diaz checks the status of his constantly overflowing septic tank outside the front door of his trailer in the Rancho Garcia trailer park in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Juan Diaz checks the status of his constantly overflowing septic tank outside the front door of his trailer in the Rancho Garcia trailer park in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Juan Diaz checks the status of his constantly overflowing septic tank outside the front door of his trailer in the Rancho Garcia trailer park in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Juan Diaz checks the status of his constantly overflowing septic tank outside the front door of his trailer in the Rancho Garcia trailer park in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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  • Juan Diaz checks the status of his constantly overflowing septic tank outside the front door of his trailer in the Rancho Garcia trailer park in Thermal, Calif., March 8, 2012.
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