ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
In March of last year, a group called the Reclaimers broke into some empty homes in Los Angeles and occupied them. The houses were owned by California's Transportation Agency, which had bought them to make way for a freeway extension. But Caltrans never built that extension, and some of the homes had been empty for decades. Remarkably, the state let Reclaimers stay. Others who were inspired by the Reclaimers haven't been so lucky. Cardiff Garcia and Robin Urevich from our podcast The Indicator From Planet Money bring us the story of one of those people.