Lincoln Heights business owner dies; Highland Park gentrification; cycling and motherhood in Boyle Heights; why is L.A. so trashy?

Solstice Sunset, Silver Lake | Ed Gershon

Solstice Sunset, Silver Lake | Ed Gershon

MOrning Report

  • A funeral mass was held Saturday for Norma Olivo, a neighborhood activist and longtime owner of Sloan’s Cleaners in Lincoln Heights. Mayor Sam
  • More people are calling to report illegal dumping but the city’s sidewalks and streets remain as trashy as ever. L.A. Times
  • How a Boyle Heights woman balances cycling, activism and motherhood. Streetsblog LA
  • Highland Park has emerged as “ground zero” in the L.A. gentrification debate. L.A. Times

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  1. Here we go again! Fail.

    “GENRIFICATION” Fail! At least their spelling is consistent…


    • sheesh. Those dolts might weather the “genrification” storm a little better if they spent their free time trying to improve themselves (or at least their income earning potential) instead of tagging.

  2. LA’s blight problem has reached critical fucking mass. It is so unbefitting of our once great city. 5 million set aside by Garcetti?? We need more like 30 million.

  3. Why is LA so “trashy”? It’s because we have alot of trashy people living here. Plain and simple.

    • All that blight keeps prices nice and low so artists and musicians can afford it. Businesses open to cater to their lifestyle. Then we hear the cries of “genrification”. Dun Dun Dun….

      • The “artists” and musicians can move to Maywood. There is nothing wrong with Maywood. They would blend right in. Panorama City is also cheap and run down. “Artists” and musicians and the people who love them love that stuff. . So is Willowbrook, Cudahy, Bell, Bell Gardens! South Gate, Gardena, Watts, Dominguez Hills is a pretty sounding town! And real cheap too. And I think there is a hill somewhere there. The list is endless. There was a great folk singer who once wrote “For the times, they are, a changing…”

    • Right. They are all soooo trashy, but you are a shining beacon of what we should all aspire to be all the time!

  4. LA Times is taking notice. Glad Market Place did that week long feature on gentrification in HLP. It really shed some light on how this “natural occurrence” that people talk so much about actually has a lot to do with calculated business tactics with a side of greed.

    The Gentrification Machine and Flipping the Neighborhood particularly highlight this.

    • Do you really think the media attention is going to stop or slow gentrification? I don’t. The publicity is only going to speed it up. First time home buyers are always looking to buy in the up and coming neighborhoods and HLP is as up and coming as it gets right now. I remember what Venice looked like 15 years ago. Graffiti, trash on the streets, gangs. Now houses there go upwards of $1000 a square foot, for shitty little stuccoed bungalows. I know this is hard to swallow for some people, but jn 10 years, HLP will be as if not more desirable than Silverlake.

    • But instead of going after the machine or the laws that allow the machine to trample the poor, let’s protest neighborhood small businesses and hurl epithets at the more recent working class community members instead.

  5. As a new-ish to the neighborhood white homeowner, I don’t see why it is necessary to cry foul against those who are protesting the changes in Highland Park. Why take it personally? I get the fear and the anger of the protests and the people crying foul over ‘genrification’, even if it is misdirected a bit. I also put it in perspective: yes, some people are taking their grievances to the streets. But, by and large, out on the streets of our beautiful neighborhood, I really don’t encounter static directed towards me. Housing is complicted everywhere, Los Angeles more than most places in our country. I think anger in response to those voicing concerns about the changes in HLP doesn’t do anyone any good.

    • Housing is only “complicated” because we restrict supply through zoning regulations, parking requirements, or price controls (“rent stabilization”), even though demand continues to increase. The result is anything but complicated – prices increase.

      • OK. Yes. Then allow me to reprhase to accommodate your reframing: The human fallout from the “simple” artificially high housing costs is very complicated.

    • Speaking for myself, I am for sticking up for your neighbors – like small business owners – who have been intimidated and harmed by the “anti-gentrification” xenophobes.

      I am a critic of this city’s housing policies which have the effect of prioritizing housing which maximizes developer’s profits and which leaves out housing for lower-income people. But vandalizing and threatening small business owners who haven’t done a thing to do deserve it, plus using racist rhetoric against “white people” and “invaders” just creates a new form of injustice which doesn’t just go away once you realize it’s coming from some kid hopped up on politically correct mumbo jumbo they heard in community college.

    • But why be so meek about this Uschi Bear? The anti gentrification people are complaining about YOU. You’re right that most of the community wants you there. You probably bring smiles to their faces when you walk in the door. You bought there recently which means you’ve earned or saved good money. You’re improving the community. The anti-G people are afraid of your presence because it exposes their argument as baseless.

      • Yes, all true Steve. But all the more reason not meet misplaced anger and pointed fingers with equal and opposite negativity. Without exacerbating unnecessary tensions, we can move forward as one community instead of fostering a quasi apartheid. What you call being meek, I call understanding.

  6. This gentrification debate is really fascinating, but ultimately silly. The people against modernizing neighborhoods are really of questionable knowledge and motives. It seems like it’s an amalgam of a few activist Hispanics and a bunch of guilt-ridden white folks, usually tattooed “artist” types who can’t really point to anything artistic that they’ve done. (They’re “working on it” though…). These types do seem to find each other easily. But what are they arguing for? Continued malaise and blight? Crime is cool? Unemployment?

    That an eyeglass store and a Starbucks enter into the neighborhood means one thing: there is a demand for those stores. Like Starbucks or dislike Starbucks because of the pretense (like me), it doesn’t matter. There will be a Peets and Coffee Bean that will move in across the street. There will always be a coffee shop for every demographic, so please don’t panic. And you can be assured that if all three of these coffee conglomerate corporations move in there, it’s because their experts have concluded that there is a demand for it. That means jobs for the locals’ teenage kids. It can’t mean anything else. Gentrification is good. Get over it. Good grief.

    That a tired used clothing store generating a hundred dollars a day in sales must go away, then that’s life. That is good for everyone except the person running that store but that is indeed life. This is change for the better.

    Everyone says they want good neighborhoods with vibrant economic activity. Most of them mean it. But these professional complainers just like to be heard complaining. It gives them a purpose. They’re often heard offering you their CD, that is unlistenable. They think the nanny-state is the first resort when the rest of us would use the nanny-state as the last resort. These types are ignorable, humorous, but ultimately just plain silly.

    • UGH….I know right? Their argument is soooo ignorable and tired!! Their music is unlistenable, and their murals are soooo not art.

      Haha I picture you typing that in your Tesla, moonroof open, nearly wiping out a working class family of 4.

      • Still “workin on it” Moody? HAHA he set the bait and he hooked you like a fish!

      • Nope, no Tesla. But is there something wrong with “green” transportation? Yes, they are expensive, and so what? They are expensive because they are very well made and can survive crashes more than cheap green cars. You seem angry.

        Actually I was at home, and I am a safe driver.

        But it sounds like you have an ax to grind with people who have succeeded because why would wiping out a working class family of 4 be any worse than wiping out a rich family of 4?

    • That’s just it. If they are indeed ignorable, humorous, and downright silly, they are certainly not worth all of the defensive vitriol I have seen posted on this community forum.

  7. So here it goes…I have been flipping homes in HLP for the past 5 years in addition to moving to HLP 3 years ago. In fact, my current home mortgage is lower than the rent I was paying to live on the west side. As you can imaging, I would have rather purchased near the beach, but the prices were simply too high. Overall, EVERYONE I have encountered – white, Hispanic, Asian, Black, etc. have been thrilled by my rehab projects and my Hispanic neighbors have been wonderful (my white trashy neighbors are another story). Anyway, I think this gentrification BS is mostly hype, brought about by the media (including the eastsider) because it is a polarizing topic that grabs a lot of ratings and as we all know, high ratings mean more money for the news source. Yes, there are people being displaced by rising prices and yes, it is extremely unfortunate, but don’t let them represent the overall sentiment of the neighborhood. Hispanic people, just like everyone else enjoy a safe, clean neighborhood and regardless of what the few say on this board, I absolutely love the rich cultural diversity in HLP and Los Angeles alike. For those few who are being displaced, it’s very difficult to truly feel your frustration because I am new to the area, but when I was living on the west side, my rent increased every single year, even when the economy was terrible. And with regard to home flipping, I make a very modest living. Quite honestly, the contractors that work on my homes probably make just as much if not more than me with a lot less at stake, but I’m sure that is hard to believe since you are not lived in my shoes.

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