Saturday, October 22, 2016

New Year in Boyle Heights begins with an anti-gentrification message

BOYLE HEIGHTS — A large banner reading “¡Ya Basta! Boyle Heights Says No To Gentrification” was draped across the top of the former Boyle Hotel, a neighborhood landmark, according to a YouTube video that was posted on New Year’s Day.

The restored Victorian-era building that rises above Mariachi Plaza at First and Boyle streets underwent an extensive renovation and reopened in 2012 as affordable housing for low-income tenants. A new, upscale cafe and panaderia, La Monarca, opened on the ground floor last month.

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  1. Looks like the Avenues are sending a new year’s anti-gentrification message as well — in the form of fresh taggings all over York and Fig in HLP. The entire community needs to stand together against these punks.

    • Scumbags. Morons. Losers. Can’t wait to see them all get gentrified out to the desert.

    • The “long time” residence (home owners) of these neighborhoods and their families are the largest benefactors of gentrification. On a daily basis, I see homes sell for $200-$400K that were purchased 20-30 years ago for $70-$100K. That’s a monstrous profit! Now if these home owners and their families cared so much about their neighborhood, why would they sell? Or even better, why would they sell to the highest bidder knowing that they would be directly contributing to this horrible gentrification mess?

      The bottom line is that almost everyone in these east side neighborhoods (brown, white, black, etc.) LOVE what is happening. The minority exception is simply getting the headlines because it makes for a compelling headline. It polarizes and divides us, creating an us vs. them mentality and for some, that is a brown vs white mentality. I personally think it is irresponsible journalism, designed to produce profits, not accurate news.

      • VOR, actually a mere 3.6% return, compounded annually, will take your $100,000 initial investment to $200,000 in 20 years. 3.6% return is NOT a “monstrous profit” – it’s hardly better than inflation.
        (Alternatively, I’ve seen “flippers” flip a $200,000 house and sell it 6 months later for $300,000. That is a 100% return on investment.)

      • Most of the home owners in Boyle Heights are White and rent their places to the long time residents. The average long time resident of Boyle Heights are tenants of White owned homes. Commercial property in Boyle Heights is also mostly owned by absentee owners who do not live in the neighborhood.

    • avenues are nothing more than tagging punks. but still horrible to see the tags constantly in glacial park rec center as well.

    • When you say punks are you referring to the gentrifiers that come in to my community and think they can turn it into Silver Lake? These goofy hipster come here with no respect, they don’t know anything about the history of this community and think they can turn this into a hip new trendy hot spot. We’re not gonna allow that to happen, goofy hipsters go home!

  2. The sign should read; “Losers in Boyle Heights say no to low crime,better schools and rising property values for homeowners”

    • Lol exactly!

    • STOP trying to rewrite history. Investment and gentrification would not be taking place in crime-ridden neighborhoods, with deteriorating schools, and declining property values. Lower crime, improving schools, and rising property values already existed in NELA before gentrification but it was an organic response to the improving conditions of our neighborhoods NOT a deliberate business plan by greedy individuals eager to flip a profit NOT build or contribute to our communities.

      • I wonder how outraged these people would be if sign like this went up in South Pasadena or Culver City.

        Hypocrisy thy name is Boyle Heights Xenophobes!

      • Martin Arredondo

        Proper douche you are talking out of your ass once again. Investments and gentrification took place here because properties were cheap. How do explain the gentrification that has taken place in Downtown LA.

        • How do YOU explain the conspicuous lack of gentrification in south central and south L.A. neighborhoods that are closer to downtown L.A. with the cheapest property values in the entire city?

          • Martin Arredondo

            Give it time it will eventually happen.

          • Completely different areas. Comparing apples and oranges.

          • “Completely different areas. Comparing apples and oranges” BullSh*t. You once again have NO clue. South Central was a virtual mirror image of what East L.A. once was. It’s where my family first landed and rented from Japanese landlords. Look at historical pix of So. Central residents and you’ll be startled by the diversity. In fact, it’s where the lowrider phenomena first emerged back in the 40s/50s. Today it is a virtual mirror-image of East L.A. with a “latino” population of almost 90%. Oranges from different orchards but oranges just the same.

            Perhaps now you might consider taking your advanced(?) talent, skills, education, and wealth to So. Central . . . Please(?).

          • Martin Arredondo

            Here is my valid response; because it’s ugly and densely populated. Waiting for you to to respond to my question. And not with another question.

          • Downtown L.A. was once described in even harsher terms . . . by ME. It was an exciting/dangerous place to visit and shop for bargains but I’ve never wanted to live there. I still wouldn’t. It remains ugly and densely populated.

            I’ve concluded that you’re another ignorant transplant trying to appropriate OUR history. You might want to begin reading more than you post. You might learn some actual history and FACTs about OUR city and please don’t get me started providing you with details. I would lose you with my first mention of “Las Variedades”.

      • This is a super important point in this debate. same as highland Park. Yeah, there was (is?) gang violence in Highland Park. But it has been a vibrant, interesting, and active community for a long time. As you say, us ‘gentrifiers’ didn’t come because we saw a developmnent bonanza with a future Culver City in the works. We came because we thought Highland Park was a great community, as is.

        • “We came because we thought Highland Park was a great community, as is.” Exactly! All of this missionary rhetoric about “fixing” and “improving” ELA or NELA is bogus and We Know-It. What I see is the ruining of uniquely urban-L.A. neighborhoods to recreate WeHo, Venice, Old Town Pasadena,, ETC. Enough.

          Life isn’t all about purchase and consumption of EVERYthing in sight.

          • Martin Arredondo

            My family has lived in NELA before your “Familia” transplanted there asses from some mud hut south of the border.

          • “My family has lived in NELA before your ‘Familia’ transplanted there asses from some mud hut south of the border” (lol). Gotcha!

            Please. More. It’s necessary to expose the bigoted attitudes we all suspect/are convinced underlie the opinions of many pro-gentry or anti-Familia posters.

            Who do you think you were ever fooling, ArreTonto?!?

      • Could someone please define what makes someone a “gentrifier” versus some who buys an older, rundown house and invest time and money to fix it up so that he/she has a nice place to live? Arevthey gentrifiers if they don’t speak Spanish? Or they drive an energy-efficient car? Or put solar panels on the house? What if he/she wants to work in the neighborhood and is able to start a nice coffee shop and bakery? Gentrifier?

  3. Our family has lived in Boyle Heights since 1940. We were one of the first Hispanic families in Boyle Heights, certainly the first on our block. My comment is said with lots of love. We would love to see some nice reform come to our neighborhood. Better than used car lots, and the once movie theaters taken over by swap meets or churches. Why are we clinging to hold onto this? This represents nothing. Why not put money back into neighborhood rather than go out of the neighborhood to shop? I am sure these people who “love” Boyle Heights go out of the neighborhood to shop, to see a movie, to bank, to eat, to live! There are some shops that have been kept up but many are just dumps. Go ahead and have an opionion, as I do, but Stop trying to speak for “all” who live in Boyle Heights. You don’t represent everyone.

    • Well put. These folks need to come up with a positive agenda, and soon, because they are seizing the attention of the community with a program that seems to amount to, No to almost all change. It’s a road to irrelevance.

      Most reasonable observers see that a lot of this change is for the good. Not all, but a lot. The “ya basta” demand ignores this rather obvious fact.

    • This isn’t some species that was obliterated by deforestation, or the building of a dam. Dinosaurs had their shot, and nature selected them for extinction.


    • “I am sure these people who “love” Boyle Heights go out of the neighborhood to shop, to see a movie, to bank, to eat, to live!”(???). Somebody appears to completely have lost the plot regarding the threat of gentrification(?), which is the displacement of working-class people who DO want to enjoy all of these experiences in OUR barrios and on OUR terms.

      I will now wait for the overreaction to my use of the word “barrio”, which always triggers paranoid and prejudiced responses from transplants and outsiders. Otherwise, barrio is an inclusive term for me that is interchangeable with home sweet home.

      • My family has lived in BH for over 50 years. We are on our 3rd generation BH residency. My grandparents and parents are “hard working class”residents who purchased their property it cost $20k back then. What I, as a hard working class resident have done is purchase my property. What my siblings who are also hard working class residents have done is purchase their property. There is no displacement happening here. You know why? because we had enough sense to understand that to avoid displacement ANYWHERE! you should be a homeowner. Unfortunately we do have to shop, bank and entertain our family elsewhere because our needs are not being satisfied in our “Barrio”. I am looking forward to the gentrification because if i follow your logic Proper Dos “I want to enjoy these experiences in “OUR BARRIO” under my “TERMS”. Please bring in the movie theater, gym, coffee shops, boutiques, groomers, yoga studios, day cares, Trader Joe’s in. Since we are not going anywhere I look forward to frequent these establishments. Everyone else by the basis of just being a renter will always be at risk for displacement it is the risk of being a tenant.

        • My familia’s history in L.A. goes back 60+ years and WE also own purchased and inherited property and you do not speak for us. We don’t view our neighborhood through your status-conscious lens. We resent the increased traffic congestion, rushed and ill-concieved development, and overpriced products and services on our commercial thoroughfares. You will too once you experience gentrification like we have over here in NELA. Btw, you don’t have to road-trip from BH to find movie theaters, gyms, coffee shops, boutiques, groomers, yoga studios, day cares, and Trader Joe’s. Echo Park is immediately west of Boyle Heights and Monterey Park is immediately east. The situation in Boyle Heights is nowhere near as dramatic or isolated as you make it.

          • Martin Arredondo

            Proper douche is now the spokesman for NELA.

          • “Proper douche is now the spokesman for NELA . . .” and You speak for nobody with your sarcastic sniping. Btw, sarcasm is the lowest form of humor, which completes your profile as a juvenile ignoramass.

          • Martin Arredondo

            Dont lie your familias history in NELA only goes back to the 80s.

          • Echo Park is immediately west of Boyle Heights?

          • Im a resident and a homeowner in Boyle heights. I’ve been here my whole life. No its not a road trip but still a trip. Why can’t I just walk down to a trader joe’s or just walk around my neighborhood freely? Because its not gentrified? Yeah its possible, unfortunately we cant do it by ourselves other wise it would of happened.

  4. Yeah, half the shops on York would be closed now and there would be no people moving in, if gentrification stopped. The area would have more crime than it already does.

    I know people who grew up in Boyle as well as Highland park. Native families. Thugs. They even said they want people moving in to just keep the area better than it was.

    If everyone wants to go back to poverty and assholes rolling around in different colors cool, but have some god damn respect and not so much arrogance when it comes to gentrification. Want the city to just come in and force you all out like they did to the homes on Dodgerland. Fuck off. The sign should read- we don’t want to get jobs and would rather tag cars and fences.

    ‘I am danger’ – Walt White

    • Caesar Chavez Ave. was Brooklyn Ave until the name was changed in the late 90s. Boyle Heights used to be a very diverse neighborhood, free of crime, with good schools and a high percentage of educated people. My Japanese relatives lived in Boyle Heights from the 20s to the 80s, when gang violence got to be too much. I don’t understand why so many current residents in Boyle Heights are so hostile to non-Hispanic people living in their neighborhood. Boyle Heights was once a predominately Jewish and Japanese neighborhood, but they welcomed new residents of every color, including Hispanics.

      • The North East LA Alliance is not interested in history, they are racist vandals whining about non existent illegal “displacement/evictions”. They conveniently ignore the voices of long standing members of the community who applaud the positive changes occurring in NELA.
        NELA Alliance dodge questions regarding their complicity in recent tagging of area businesses, racist photos at their events and documentation of illegal evictions. They should be ashamed of themselves and their sociology 101 teachers,

      • “Boyle Heights was once a predominately Jewish and Japanese neighborhood”. It’s increasingly obvious how intentional ignorance is at the basis of so many pro-gentrifying povs. Otherwise, Mexicans have never been a distinct minority in Boyle Heights and NO ethnic group preceded the presence of Mexicans in L.A., Period. These feeble attempts at revising OUR history only fuels suspicion about the real agenda underlying gentrification, which is making our neighborhoods a better(?) safer place to live for $OMEBODY EL$E to live in.

        • There were Spaniards before Mexicans, right? And native peoples, probably some Africans too. Again, please use 2015 as the year to stop personalizing everything and taking yourself so seriously, el pequeno grande.


          • “there were Spaniards before Mexicans, right? And native peoples . . .” Actually, first there were native Mexica et. al. followed by Spaniards resulting in modern-day Mexicans who are direct descendants of Both. It is documented history and scientific Fact.

            EastsideFarts, you seem to delight in glib but exceedingly ignorant comments to promote your irrelevant povs. I will continue to blast them out of cyberspace like clay pigeons . . . Expect Me.

          • sorry for you your reconquista dreams are being dashed. NELA is returnig to historical diversity and gentrification will continue at an even greater pace. Join the movement!

          • “Reconquista”? (lol) The favorite tune of the desperate xenophobe. Just because we may not be anglo doesn’t mean we aren’t equally U.S. citizens with equal right to dissent or disagree. It never fails. Engage you boys for any sustained amount of time and the bile and vomit begins to flow from your keyboards.

      • I agree with the diversity that existed in BH. It was disappointing to have our beloved Brooklyn Ave renamed Cesar Chavez replacing one of our founding names with someone who was not of our community. Cesar Chavez did great work for the labor migrant worker I am just not clear on why our street had to be renamed after him. Hopefully once the gentrification has been completed over the next 10 years we can bring Brooklyn Ave back.

        • “Cesar Chavez did great work for the labor migrant worker I am just not clear on why our street had to be renamed after him”. I also opposed renaming Brooklyn to Cesar Chavez. As I explained to fellow Raza at the time, it’s a pacifier. A very poor substitute for better schools, better law enforcement, more investment in infrastructure, employment opportunities, and affordable housing, which brings me to my main point: with all of the issues that affect the barrios of East L.A., why would you obsess over changing the name of a street to reflect an immigrant (NOT gentrified) community that according to you no longer exists?

          Nonetheless, Brooklyn is Dead. Ruben Salazar or Sal Castro Blvd. is preferable to any sentimental attachment to a mythical past. Native and urban Angelenos who DO represent our community’s historical struggles for social justice over the past decades. THAT did happen. Conversely, my father-in-law, a Korean war vet, grew up off of Brooklyn and Ford and he recalls diversity among a Mexican majority. THAT was the reality. There are very good reasons why poor and working-class people clustered in these parts of town, which brings me back to Ruben Salazar and Sal Castro. Angelenos who DO represent our community’s historical struggles for social justice over the decades. Do your homework. Learn OUR history. Otherwise, you seem to be trying a bit too hard to be “one of the good ones”.

        • Today’s youth don’t even remember who the Beatles are. You think they give a sh*t about Brooklyn Avenue??? Sorry Pops. Brooklyn is Dead and will never return in our lifetimes.

          • Martin Arredondo

            Talking out your ass again. I see kids all over NELA wearing t-shirts sporting Beatles,Black Sabbath,Led
            Zeppelin,etc. Its your dumbass homie culture that’s gradually getting pushed out of here.

          • “It’s your dumbass homie culture”(?!?). Excuse me? Would you like to expand on that comment?

      • yep: You are correct in how much hostility exists for anyone else who isn’t hispanic or whatever is desired to be called. I learned and always wanted to be “UNIVERSAL” even when I fought for Chicano rights and had my head busted open by a cop for “trying” to fight for the right to learn and be expressive for a better life environment. We are all part of everthing and everone if we live on this earth. There is so much to experience from everyone. I can’t understand how many gente still envision that piece of pavement as their identity.

        Be beautiful and open to the worl and you will find your soul.

  5. That hand painted banner really classes up that historic building!

  6. The sign should read “No to displacing hard working people for greed. We want the streets to CONTINUE to get safer..”

    • Martin Arredondo

      It’s greedy for these “hard working” people to think they can have cheap rents for ever.

      • Why is the expectation of affordable housing “greedy?”

        • That’s an easy one to answer Skeety.

          Affordable housing costs the same as free market housing. It’s just either subsidized by others, or it raises demand and therefore cost, in neighboring communities. It’s greedy in that those living in affordable housing are causing others to pay for their reduced or suppressed rent.

          • Taxpayers subsidize section 8 housing. But you certainly don’t need to pay taxes yourself to reap the benefits.

        • When my “greedy” landlord tried to raise my rent 20 years ago from $800 to $850/mo I did the math and figured I could buy a house and keep my mortgage payments frozen at that number for the next 30 years. I had no credit card, no credit history, no savings. I begged family for the $20,000 down payment and got a 7.5% loan from a sleazy broker. I was able to refinance later and now I own the house free and clear.

      • Young people used to be taught, when learning how to budget their money, that rent should not exceed 30% of income. Is this possible for the average person today? What I’m seeing for people with entry level jobs is that rent is competing with other basic necessities. Shouldn’t we be a bit more empathetic?

      • If you make the minimum wage or anywhere around it, should you not be able to afford housing in the city you’ve called home for decades?

        Working class (and everyone else I’d argue too) should not have to spend over 50% of their income just to have a roof over their head. When it’s people living above their means that’s one thing, but if you have no choice but to get the cheapest apartment and one day that cheapest apartment costs too much, then what?

        • Martin Arredondo

          Then go get some skills so you are not making minimum wage.

          • A wonderful response to an ignorant question Martin.

          • “Then go get some skills so you are not making minimum wage” and then who will do the minimum wage jobs? You had no valid response to the lack of gentrification in South Central or South L.A. and you won’t have a valid response to this question, either.

            Raise the minimum wage and mandate affordable housing. THAT’s how you preserve community and discourage speculators and developers solely motivated by the profit motive.

        • That’s a very simplified statement Angeleno. Of course, in an ideal world, everyone would get everything they want. But in the real world, how exactly would one prevent prices from rising? Should the government freeze all real estate transactions in neighborhoods deemed “worthy” of low prices, in essence, freezing the neighborhood economy? Should home owners not be allowed to sell their home over a certain threshold? Should the city ban new residence from moving to the city? I’m confused…I hear people speak out against “gentrification” like it is some conspiracy against the long-time residence of east Los Angeles, yet, the price of EVERYTHING has gone up over the past 30 years. With big cities like Los Angeles where jobs are abundant and land is scarce, it is inevitable that prices are going to rise. That’s just the nature of free markets.

        • If an individual fails to gain a high school diploma and at least some college education/trade school, they are putting themselves and their family at great economic risk. If such a person is not living in a rental property covered by the RSO they are again at risk. Both situations are under contrail of the person responsible for their own life choices. Show me some illegal displacements/evictions and I’ll get behind the cause, otherwise move on!

  7. This was published a few days ago. People with varied income are becoming priced out of the housing market and are choosing to move to other states. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-california-migration-20150101-story.html

  8. Let’s give it a REST! It’s OLD!!! Organize and form Neighborhood Watch Groups, report all graffiti to either 311 or on-line http://anti-graffiti.lacity.org/welcome.cfm, hold LA City Officials and LAPD accountable for better, professional City Services.

  9. I think what these anti-gentrification protesters are really all about is as follows: they want some good, non-profit jobs; they want to make a living as artists, social workers, musicians, poets, and writers. The majority of the anti-gentrification people I’ve met in NELA are under-employed or unemployed young adults who may have a poor family background but are practicing yoga, eating vegan, riding fixed gear bicycles, reading philosophy, running free food banks (like Comida No Bombas), teaching art and physical education classes for free or low pay.

    They are the intelligentsia of this community and they are outraged that they are being so easily passed over – that their potential to do good, to make the world a better place, is getting stamped on by a lot of outside money that has ignored their worth to the community and the larger world.

    If you want to stop them from marching in the streets you need to find a place for them at the table making things get better. They want a civil society and they want a chance to make a living participating in it.

    All this talk of displacement rings a little hollow after a while – I think if enough government or foundation money swept these kids up into the middle class they’d quiet down. That is not going to happen, so you can expect more rage and more protests. There is a lot of squandered potential in this generation of young people from NELA – from the kids who decided to stay here and try to make a life instead of split for the East Coast or a “better” neighborhood.

    I think they’re using the working poor as a proxy for their own spiritual and economic displacement.

    • Good points, but like many creatives in LA…. you have to find a way to make it work financially. Otherwise, like the young folks you speak of, they end up expecting others to subsidize their life choices. They are not the intelligentsia of the community.

    • This is absolutely the best analysis I’ve read among the thousands of blog comments out there on this..

      These young people are creative types rather than working class, and for the most part not working regular jobs by choice, choosing to hustle up a living in creative ways.

      I’m fine with that, what I’m NOT fine with is their expectation that the community owes them a living. This is LA, the city doesn’t owe anybody ANYTHING., no matter how long your family has been here.

      Look at the Eco Village in Ktown. They BOUGHT their apartment building and nobody can displace them, they didn’t wait for a handout or whine about evil.

      You want to teach yoga or paint murals instead of sit behind a desk? Step aside numbnuts, the guy with a paycheck is going to take your apartment.

    • Agreed. Most of the white anti gentrifiers are people who think they’re one of the acceptable whites among the community. They perceive themselves as one of the good white folks, standing against the bad white folks.

      They also are sure to tell you that they’ve been Iggy Pop fans all their lives.

      • The assumption that “white” residents can’t in good faith also be against gentrification is a bigoted statement in and of itself. It implies that “no white person could be so dumb” or intelligent with integrity and equal love for our neighborhoods and its existing residents.

  10. It’s called a “death rattle” the last exhale of breathe. Everything in life is born, lives and dies, everything, EVERYTHING. Why is Boyle Heights different?

  11. City Terrace1963

    Gentrification is not going to be stopped. It is a mere numbers game. There is a severe housing shortage in Los Angeles and people want to live here. This will cause prices to rise and the poor and middle class workers to be priced out. That is how free market economics works.

  12. If we end the drug war and lighten up the corn, potatoes, cotton, etc. that we’re flooding Mexico with the flood of immigrants to LA will slow to a trickle. Once the pressure of new immigrants lets up, our population growth will reflect what the native born have been doing: dying at faster rates than they’ve been reproducing.

    So: if you love expensive housing and real estate bubbles you should advocate for NAFTA Uber Alles and ramp up the drug war even more. That is the kindling that is fueling the housing crunch in LA.

    • Dude, the drug war has been dead for a decade. It’s now reduced to a meaningless slogan. California is awash in Mexican heroin, meth and cocaine. Do you enjoy this?

      • “California is awash in Mexican heroin, meth and cocaine. Do you enjoy this?” I don’t but enough U.S. consumers must because cartels aren’t killing and dying over pesos.

  13. This kind of flag waving does nothing to stop gentrification. Neither will violent protest. People’s frustration will never stop economic progress no matter how unpleasant they may find it. The Boyle Heights gentrification train has left the station, is picking up speed, and nothing can be done to slow it down. The house my friends bought there was purchased by the last owner for 62K in 1984. They paid nearly 300K. Is it their fault that the 25 year resident took their 300K? Get some perspective people!

    • Stop complaining about greedy slumlords. Would it surprise you to know that most of the rentals i. boyle Heights are other Hispanic people? Also who made a law saying non-Mexicans can’t live in Boyle Heights. That’s called RACISM.

    • The rents in all of LA are going up. Why should anyone think that only Boyle Heights would be exempt from this? If you have a problem, take it up with the landlord, the majority being Hispanic as well. Some of you make it sound like some scary non-Hispanic people are responsible for the raising rents. Not true. And why shouldn’t a nonHispanic person be allowed to live in Boyle Heights? This hostility and racism is ridiculous.

  14. No, el pequeno grande, it’s your use of “outsiders and transplants” that provokes such a strong response. Really, use 2015 as an opportunity to get over yourself. Happy New Year!


  15. Proper Dos Addresser

    @Proper Dos, I think you have valid points, and no one on this thread is a proper historian, so there are gaps in everyone’s arguments. I want your honest opinion on this: your argument seems to stem from a right you feel you have to remain in the neighborhood you grew up in, if you get a lower-to-middle class job, etc. There are other adults, like myself, who grew up in West Los Angeles, and my father was an LAUSD school teacher who supported the whole family. I would have to become a doctor or a lawyer, and make over $200,000 / year to live near the neighborhood I grew up in. I’m not one. May I move into your neighborhood because it’s the only one I can afford with my meager $50,000 / year salary? Homes in BH cost about $300,000 on average, which is my price range, and the closest I can own a home near my aging parents. (I prefer the current culture in Boyle Heights over that in South Central.) Next, is it all right if I want some more stores I like to crop up in Boyle Heights? Like a nice coffee shop with Internet so I can leave my house sometimes to write. Or, an art house movie theater? Would you be opposed to a couple of those moving in for me and people like me? If you are okay with that, then what are you opposed to? If you’re not okay with that, why not? Thanks. – Justin

  16. I think this is a great movement.

  17. I completely understand that this gentrification going on here in Boyle Heights and in Highland Park has everything to do with economics. We can see that transformation in any part of the world. But the issue that many of us have is that most of these people have no respect for the history and the culture of this community. There is no need to sound like a fuckhead scholar and throw in endless statistics to explain the problem, (What are you the fucken Almanac). The problem is that they have no respect. They come around here like it’s spring break in Tijuana. They pretty much act like ignorant hipsters. I grew up all my life in BH and I am not some ultra sensitive person that has to react to everything that is politically incorrect. But we don’t want to see this become the next Silver Lake. I would not stay here if I woke up and saw a bunch of pretentious hipsters walking there puddles and drinking $10 lattes. It’s in the blood, it’s in the music, it’s in the art. The muralists I know and the poets and all the visual artist get no inspiration from fancy cafes and stupid boutiques. All this talk about boutiques and theaters and gyms, WAKE THE FUCK UP! Not all of us see beauty in luxury! It’s like an illness when people need to acquire material things to feel better about them selves.

    People come to live here out of necessity, and a lot people stay because there is a feeling of community. As someone who makes art, my inspiration is in the struggle and the working class people I speak to everyday, and everyone I know finds inspiration here too. It’s like a stranger coming into your house and telling you your furniture is not classy enough. and just starts changing shit around. I can’t imagine why anyone would come to Boyle Heights if it becomes Silver Lake, just go to fucken Silver Lake. If you wanna see some assholes with a flannel thye bought at Fallas Paredes for $7.00 and selling it for $30 then that’s cool, but most of us don’t need luxury and $1000 dollar puddles to feel good about ourselves.

  18. LA is a city forged on diversity and change. Boyle Heights has been a very dynamic area historically and continues to be so. This shows the vitality and health of a living community.

    For example…We are building a craft brewery here in Boyle Heights for the local BH community and the city of LA. Hipsters do love craft beer, but so do Latinos! I built the first brewery in Miami which is enjoyed primarily by Latinos. Some of them Latin Hipsters…Latinos can have nice places in their community, as well as evolve with the world around them.

    We have to remember we are all Americans here, one way or the other. Lets build a beautiful, peaceful, and prosperous city. Let’s lose the us and them mentality and move forward together!

    Peace & Happy New year,
    Naga Reshi
    Dry River Brewing
    Boyle Heights, LA

    • This community has a problem with alcoholism, so does a lot of America, Are you seriously telling me having a brewery here would some how make things better? Are you that ignorant. I hope you don’t think your are doing this community a favor. I see that kind of mentality a lot, people think the community needs to consume and keep consuming. Brand name garbage like Mcdonalds and Starbucks and what ever craft beer you like is Not what the community needs. It’s really insulting when people think that progress means having corporate franchises on every corner, THAT IS NOT PROGRESS! Let’s try to take our head out of our ass for just 1 minute. Luxury and brand name department stores is not what this community needs, It’s just an aesthetic. So if you feel Latinos need to “Evolve” with the world around them let’s start by Not bringing garbage to the community.

  19. ELACC.org planted this sign.

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