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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