PODCAST: Has the East Side food desert found an oasis in the Long Beach Exchange?

Cities often have restaurant and cuisine deserts—and Long Beach is no exception. East Long Beach has long been relegated to chains and fast food joints but the addition of the Long Beach Exchange has introduced the neighborhood to a new type of dining experience. Eastsider Jason Ruiz joins us to talk about why the development couldn’t work elsewhere, the implications of importing an OC-like food scene and what the whole city could use in terms of trends.


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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.