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El Sereno collective competing with real estate investor over community space

EL SERENO –The Eastside Cafe, a Huntington Drive community space and collective, has been involved in many neighborhood causes, from promoting poetry and art to improving health and wellness.  Now, the organizers of the 15-year-old group are rallying support and money for another cause:  preventing their space from being sold to a real estate investor.

The collective said it had been working on a deal for a few years to buy the building at the corner of Huntington Drive North and Maycrest Avenue. But it discovered earlier this month that the owners had entered into escrow to sell the property to a real estate investor.  After convincing the buyer to hold off for 10 days, the Eastside Cafe launched an ambitious online fundraiser that is aiming to attract $180,000 in donations by this weekend.

“We refuse to allow gentrification to displace and perceive our people as disposable,” said a posting on the Eastside Cafe Facebook page. “We are here today fighting to preserve our rights, autonomous zones and cultural empowerment, please join us in this fight!”

The $180,000 would “get the buyer to back out and [begin] the acquisition process with the donations we’ll be receiving,” according to a posting on the online fundraiser. However, it’s not clear how much it will cost to buy the building, which houses several other businesses.

With only a few days left to go before their May 13 deadline, the group has raised only about $16,000 of its $180,000 goal.

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4 comments

  1. As the type of resident the Eastside Café constantly rails again (no need to elaborate), can’t say I’d be sad to see it go.

  2. I love it. Anti gentrifiers getting booted by gentrification.

  3. Would love to see this anti government, anti gentrification group go.
    Love the fact that a developer is in escrow, hopefully will build a nice modern community strip mall, with shops that are much needed in the community.
    Please don’t make Eastside cafe a tenant, they will be a pain in the A–.

  4. Gee went I woke this morning are great American Flag was still waving. Which my friends gives us the right to live were one cares to live. As as a homeowner one has a right to sell thier home to. What gives you the right to tell the community who can move in are great community. I for one don’t care if your black white or what ever. People in this great country have the right to live were ever they want..

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