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.
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