Woman rescued after Boyle Heights kidnapping; Echo Park gentrification fears

Autumn Dawn, Montecito Heights | Martha Benedict

Autumn Dawn, Montecito Heights | Martha Benedict

MOrning Report

  • An armed man who kidnapped a woman early this morning in Boyle Heights was apprehended after a police chase that ended in San Bernardino County. CBS2
  • Recent real estate sales and developments have some Echo Park residents worried about gentrification, according to a neighborhood council member. NBC4

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  1. So sick of these gentrification whiners. Their entire argument comes down to, “it’s not fair.” Nope, it isn’t. If you find yourself unable to afford to rent in Echo Park or Highland Park, move to El Sereno, or wherever you CAN afford, and possibly even buy a property so that next time no one can force you out. It’s called market forces. Everything changes. And trying to fight change is like pissing in the wind.

    • Spoken like a truly selfish individual! Could you pro-development-at-all-costs people please consider your neighbors for one minute. Development can happen alongside preservation of rent-controlled properties, there must be balance, and currently there is none.

      Consider for a moment that many families have lived here for generations. Their children go to local schools where their parents went to school. They go to churches where their grandparents and great grand parents attend (ed). They gather with other nearby family members on the weekend, usually walking or using the bus. (Because unlike those replacing them, these folks actually use public transportation). This is a neighborhood with lasting social connections that have particular cultural value.

      To flippantly disregard the reality of your neighbor, you have perfectly demonstrated the anti-gentrification persona. Just because you enjoy your mobility and find it works best for you, doesn’t mean it will work the same for your neighbor.

      And we shouldn’t want it to. We are all richer through our experiences of understanding those who are different from us.

      If you want to insulate yourself from diversity, perhaps you should consider that it’s *you* who should move– to the South Bay.

      • Right on Jennifer!

      • Waaaah waaaah waaah.

        Tough luck. We live in a capitalist society. Nobody has a right to live anywhere. Its what you can pay for.

        I grew up in Brentwood, my father bought a 3br home on a construction worker’s income. I make twice what he did, but could never afford the house I grew up in. Where’s my handout?

        Anyway, as the news story said the handwriting is on the wall for these people.

      • Blah blah. I grew up in this neighborhood and wish I could afford the southbay but can’t. I’m not going to cry about it. Most of these so called long time residents have been here since the 80s. Just about the time this place turned to shit. Now it’s getting better and we have losers complaining about it. Poor people=gangbangin,tagging,garbage etc

      • You go girl! SCHOOLED that fool!

        • Actually, she didn’t, FOOL. She used an ad hominem attack to insult me, but completely missed my point. I never said I don’t sympathize with people who feel they must leave the neighborhood they feel comfortable in. And I never said anything about rent control and affordable housing. Both have their place. My point, and I don’t think you can dispute this, was that gentrification is a product of market forces that you cannot stop unless you want to live in a state-controlled economy, which we do not. The bottom line is, I feel bad for people who feel forced out, but their energies would be much better utilized trying to improve their financial situation, making long term choices that give them more power, not whining and complaining that life isn’t fair.

  2. Down with gentrification! Keep crime high! Keep our streets blighted! Don’t remove the mattresses on the sidewalks!

    • Preserve affordable housing! Kill Whitey!

      • I’ve seen some pretty disturbing Instagram pages like LAstopgentrification and Keephoodsyours calling for violence/murder against anyone they determine are hipsters, yuppies and white people on bikes. And a gentrifier is basically anyone who is non-latino. The ridiculous misuse of the word “gentrification” is so idiotic.

  3. Some of us busted our asses to buy a house in NELA and now the anti-gentrification crowd doesn’t want property values to go up! Sounds like sour grapes. If your a “long time resident” and couldn’t afford a house when property values were dirt cheap that’s your problem. Owning property is one way a working class man can climb the economic ladder. Gentrification can’t happen fast enough. Only the losers in the neighborhood don’t want to see this place change for the better.

  4. Rent-control wasn’t mentioned anywhere in that video or in these comments yet.

  5. If you rent in one of the districts a few minutes outside of downtown you should expect your living costs to increase significantly. Claiming your hood and saying “we were here first” isn’t going to cut it in a free market.

  6. The whole gentrification debate strikes me as a bit ironic. If you look at the history of the eastside – in particular Downtown, Westlake, Echo Park, Silverlake, etc. you have these beautiful neighborhoods and urban areas built by white people, then abandoned by white people and occupied by hispanics, and now filling back up with white people again. Who is replacing who again? Who really cares? Like anything human, cities are dynamic places that constantly change.

  7. Funny thing about your comment, Northerner … none of those neighborhoods you mentioned are actually on the eastside. One of them even has the word WEST in it!

    Difference from then and now, white people chose to move out to the suburbs while people of color were mostly banned from living in those neighborhoods. White people are now choosing to move back into these urban centers while people of color are being relocated.

    See the difference?


    • “White people are now choosing to move back into these urban centers while people of color are being relocated”


      When I last checked, white is also a color.

      People with less GREEN are at the disadvantage here.

      This is a case of supply and demand and the color of money, not the color of skin. Most of the brown homeowners in my neighborhood are just as happy about their rising home values as the white, black and yellow homeowners are.
      I haven’t seen any of them being “relocated” unless they have wanted to take advantage of the current market prices.

    • Well, if you want to keep score, there’s plenty of injustice to go around. For example, who is crying over the historic black population of South Central which is in the process of being displaced by Mexican immigrants?

      Answer: certainly not anti-gentrification Mexicans.

      Hispanics have been the biggest displacers for the past 50 years. Literally millions of people – most of them white – have left Southern California, in part due to displacement by Mexican immigration.

      Now whites are coming back. That’s the ebb and flow of the city. Like I said, you can try to keep score over who was unjust to who, or you can adapt and celebrate when the city gets better – as it most certainly is in the case of Echo Park.

      Westlake is next!

  8. I’m looking forward to the day when I will no longer be able to count all of the shopping carts, mattresses, couches, broken furniture, and empty McDonald bags abandoned all along the curb-side in my neighborhood.

    Go, gentrification, Go!

  9. Neighborhoods change. People need to stop fighting it. I find that the word gentrification is code for “im a racist and hate white people”. I myself prefer to eat at nice restaurants and shop at unique shops opened by people who live in the neighborhood no matter their race. Nobody wants to turn the neighborhood into whitey town. We live here for the diversity of coming together. But some people hate it. Usually the Marxist crowd. I for one applaud clean streets, great tacos, street vendors, and good grocery stores and pet shops weather your a greasy hipster or an old Latina lady or gentleman pushing a cart. We can live together and create new shops, art, music and still be profitable, educated and kind entrepreneurs, neighbors, educators. Real gentrification that people should fight are large corporate shops like Walmart and Starbucks from moving in. That’s worth fighting against, not the white guy who opens a cool record shop, etc.

  10. I don’t hear a lot of property sellers saying “I sold my place to the nice family who has been in the hood for generations instead of to the developer who was offering $50k more in cash…” I don’t care who you are or what color you are, you are not gonna walk away from more $. Lots of “old school” folks are taking the money from the gentrifiers and I can’t blame them.

  11. Fighting for better working class wages and less income inequality makes a lot more sense than fighting against new development.

  12. I noticed some graffiti on the sidewalk while walking in Highland Park: “Gentrification is not progress”. Really? I’ve noticed lots of progress: less trash, native planting in yards, less fireworks (a long way to go with this one), larger turnouts at neighborhood council meetings, more trees planted, etc. Spray painting graffiti is certainly not progress.

  13. Gentrification is progress. Especially for Latino homeowners. If you are getting displaced because rents are going up and you’ve lived here for along time then you should have learned a trade or gone to college so you could have bought property.

    • Yes. In my neighborhood, where houses are going for anywhere between 700k and 1.2 mil, we have a near equal split between whites, Asians and Latinos. Also African Americans, though not as many. They are mostly professional people, and every single one of them that I spoke to is in favor of gentrification, while also being sensitive to the very real issues of income inequality. We can still have rent control and affordable housing, and we can still fight to raise the minimum wage, while simultaneously applauding progress.

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