Picking Up the Pieces

tamika l. butler
ZORA
Published in
11 min readOct 12, 2022

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Picture of LA skyline in background and a neighborhood in the foregroundd
Photo by Alexis Balinoff on Unsplash

At the beginning of the pandemic, my family moved out of the city of Los Angeles.

Less than 2 miles from where we used to live in Leimert Park, we were now LA County residents. We were about to have our second kid, we were two parents working from home, we needed more space. But I did not want to go. Completely aware of the privilege I had to even be thinking about working from home, upgrading our space, and owning a house…

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tamika l. butler
ZORA
Writer for

tamika is a land use, equity, & social and racial justice advocate. She's an Urban Planning PhD student at UCLA & the Principal at tamika l. butler consulting