Gentrification fears ride into Boyle Heights on the Gold Line

Next year’s opening of the Gold Line extension through Boyle Heights finds residents optimistic as well as fearful about the development and gentrification the rail line will bring. An LA Times story finds a mix of opinion, with many looking forward to more upscale shopping, maybe even a Trader Joe’s, the universal symbol that your neighborhood has “made it.” But then there’s the flip side, the rising rents for residents as well as stores and the change in demographics.

“I would love to have a yoga studio that’s affordable,” resident Sandra Martinez, 40, said with a half-guilty laugh. “The problem with a yoga studio is when that moves in, that’s the end — that’s the definition of gentrification.”

The Gold Line might be on schedule to arrive next year. But I bet the recession and real estate bust will most likely delay the opening of any yoga studio or Trader Joe’s for some time to come.

Photo from the Boyle Heights City Project via Flickr

One comment

  1. Yes, we need an east side yoga studio…howabout like yogadistrict in DC?

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