Anaheim, California — often called “Anacrime” by locals — is the home of Disneyland, but it’s far from being “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
This week, The Guardian reported that Disneyland’s low wages are putting their employees at risk and contributing to the homeless epidemic in Orange County. That, combined with the repeated police killings of unarmed Latinos, have led to some of the loudest protests and civil unrest that the community has ever experienced.
Local fine-art photographer William Camargo shows the city’s lesser-seen side in his “Anaheim: The Happiest City on Earth” photo series.
“I wanted to show people that this city is not just made of this one entity, which is Disneyland,” Camargo told Business Insider. Below, see a local’s perspective on Anaheim.
Lyanne Alfaro contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article.
This strip of stores is across the street from where an unarmed 25-year-old, Manuel Diaz, was shot dead by an Anaheim police officer in 2012. With a liquor store, bakery, taqueria, and pizzeria, strip malls like these are a common sight in Mexican neighborhoods.
Several months after Diaz’s shooting, friends and family gathered in his former neighborhood for a 5K run and demonstration.
At this Del Taco, car washes are often held as fundraisers for the funeral costs or medical bills of those caught up in gang-related violence. This particular location holds great significance to Camargo: One of his close friends was hit by an SUV on this corner in 2005.