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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Eastside Property: Own a piece of Echo Park’s gentrification saga


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It was more than a decade ago when a gay couple, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, bought and fixed up an aging bungalow on Waterloo Street, befriended the Latino neighbors and eventually made the indy 2006 film “Quinceañera,” a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Echo Park gentrification.  The film was inspired by the quinceañera of Leslie Campos, whose family lived next door to Glatzer and Westmoreland but were forced to move out after another Latino family bought their rental property. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Glatzer-Westmoreland bungalow, another Latino family left once work began on a condo complex, according to an L.A. Times story. This week, one of the condos in that building at 1017 Waterloo Street  – a two bedroom, three bath unit – went up for sale at an asking price of $535,000, according to Redfin.

The unit features bamboo floors, a backyard and mountain views, according to the Listing. But Glatzer and Westmoreland were not fond of the idea of the condos next door, according to the 2006 Times story:

The directors went to City Hall to fight it, but now the concrete foundation is in place for a four-unit condo complex, and the former residents, a Latino family, have relocated to South-Central.



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9 comments

  1. I don’t get your use of “gentrification” here or anywhere on your site. I’m guessing a good 95% of your readership along with the survival of your website are part of this “gentrification”. I’m getting really tired of hearing the word. Especially since its directed only toward white young adults. Again, I’ll throw that percentage around… A good 95% of “gentrified” neighborhoods were predominately white, including Echo Park.

    • People of color can and have been “gentrifiers” in Echo Park and other neighborhoods As the story above notes, one of the buyers of the property on Waterloo was Latino.

  2. If you dont like Old Houses move back to Westlake … ?

  3. Is restoring/renovating old houses considered “gentrification?” Is gentrification a bad thing? And would banner ads from STAPLES and HP be considering blog gentrification?

  4. If I had a nickle every time ‘gentrification’ and ‘hipster’ was posted in the comments section, heck, I’m giving myself 10 cents right now! And DJ Bento would make me rich!

    • I really don’t know what a hipster is… Are they the people who dress kinda funny? Sorta ’80’s ish with an occasional pork pie hat?

      I really would like some enlightenment on this issue. Thanks.

      If it is called gentrification when the neighborhood is on the way up, what is it called when it is on the way down?

      What is it called when the neighborhood was predominately white then becomes predominately Latino then back again? BAcuz that is what Echo Park is/was/is. I would like some enlightenment or perhaps a fancy name for that too.

      • I’ve asked DJ Bento for enlightenment on what a ‘hipster’ is countless times (usually after he’s vomited up that word repeatedly), yet he’s always disappeared quite conveniently when pressed for a definition.

        I haven’t seen DJ Bento posting for a while now, and it seems to have coincidentally been right after I pestered him to define what a ‘hipster’ is.

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