Anti-gentrification taggers leave their mark on El Sereno homes

Some of the tagged homes have been in the University Hills section of El Sereno

Anti-gentrification tagging has appeared in the University Hills section of El Sereno

El Sereno  —  Home prices as well as tension over gentrification have been on the rise across this Eastside neighborhood.  Curbed L.A. reports that several new and renovated homes have been hit by anti-gentrification graffiti — including one occupied by a builder of affordable housing.

Messages like “Fuck Gentrification” and  “Your house raises our rent” started appearing last fall, with photos posted on Instagram and other social media sites.

Ironically, one of the homes targeted by the taggers is the residence of Tak Suzuki, who has overseen the development of more than 300 affordable residential units for low-income residents as a director at the nonprofit LTSC (Little Tokyo Service Center). He’s also a board member of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing and serves as a commissioner of the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.

Suzuki told Curbed that he and his partner moved into a newly built home after living in neighboring City Terrace.  Said Suzuki:

“The people who are behind this, they’re not open to discussion …. They don’t want to be involved in policy-making, community planning, and updating processes  … It’s just really a very narrow approach they’re taking.”

Suzuki assumes the couple’s house was tagged because it’s new.

A group with a Facebook page called  El Sereno Against Gentrification has been active.  But it’s not clear who is behind the anti-gentrification tagging.

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  1. Now the educated are the enemy because they studied, attained well paying jobs, saved money and can afford to buy a home for their families?

    These losers deserve to be driven out if this is all they can offer in the way of a discussion.

    • Agreed! I’m open to having a conversation about it but this doesn’t help their case. Free advertising for the flippers.

  2. “Anti-gentrification foes” describes them as pro-gentrification. Just sayin’.

  3. These taggers are a bunch of lazy morons who spend thousands of dollars on fireworks every year but have no money to pay their rent. Work harder, save your money, don’t have kids at 17, stop making bad decisions and you too could own a house in a crime ridden part of LA.

  4. Gentrification is what is causing the homeless population to soar, the ranks of which here are already far and away dramatically more than any place else in the country. This gentrification is only pushing more and more people to the street. These people are fighting for their lives. Gentrification is causing the housing for those of modest income to be eliminated, housing is being changed to only for the wealthy.

    Nothing is being built is for those of modest income, everything being built is for the wealthy. Housing for modest income people is either being torn down and rebuilt for the wealthy, or is being revamped for the wealthy. There is no replacement going on for those of modest means, not in any number to mention (8% “affordable” housing in the few projects that get extra units for doing so is not significant when 92% of housing needs to be for those of modest means — 8% is just a joke, it is only pulling the wool over your eyes. And a LOT more housing for those of modest income is being lost through this gentrification).

    All that is going on is more and more housing for those of modest means is disappearing. And no one is doing anything to stop that. You can’t even get it into the conversation, it is simply shunted aside and ignored. So what they are doing to force it into the conversation, as it has been here with this graffiti – that is the only way we have gotten any notice. This tactic should be applauded for raising the issue. It is justified by the necessity defense.

    • Yes – these people are literally fighting for their lives. And this gentrification is going to ruin the great diversity in the area. Lucky, la Raza will stop this.

      • I can’t wait for the 16 year old “la raza” kids that still live with their parents try to “stop” gentrification. Other then using a $3 can of spray paint, have they ever done anything to help their community ever? Nope. And once their parents kick them out after they turn 18 they’ll quickly leave the area (I assume they could never pay market rate rents)

      • Diversity is successful people buying a home versus jealous people destroying someone’s property with discriminatory messages? I’d rather live amongst successful home owners than these cretins.

        • This is extremely problematic. The people who were there first were successful and built a beautiful, vibrant diverse hood. These new wealthy people are no more successful. In fact, they are moving here because of the success of our brown brothers and sisters!

  5. I feel that it improves the look of the home in some ways.

  6. How about spraying painting the graffitiers homes?

    “Your apartment lowers my property value”

    “Anti-gentrification is racism and provincialism in disguise”

    “Your landlord raises your rent, not my house”


    • Given the diversity of the hood, the anti-gentrification people are anti-racist and, by definition, cannot be racist! Stop spreading hate!

  7. Garcetti will not challenge Jones v LA , the ruling made the homeless population explode. Google it. More insane people are on the street because the ACLU sued to get involentary holds deemed violation of human rights. GovReagan jumped on that as another budget cut incentive then the country adopted the model, which has given us our 51/50 hold.
    Most of “ the wealthy” some think they know have no idea the work someone has done to buy a house nor the age of that person; they may have decades of hard work and savings poured into that house. I know this because I’m in construction And i have heard the stories of how these now homeowners got there. Using felony vandalism as your catalyst for “conversation” makes about much sense as not buying property in El Sereno when it was affordable and then crying out loud about your missed oppurtunity.
    Not a very smart tactic DBH, Defend Nela, and this El Sereno activist use. It garners no sympathy, it might get news clicks but in the end the smart people in the neighborhood who invested will quietly accept the improved neighborhoods, behind close doors will sell their house for a price they can retire with, or rent to people who they can trust not to put their property in jepordy.
    The graffitti is the death rattle for those in these neighborhoods who mean it ill will.

  8. You mean racist, not anti- gentrificationist. Stop making them to be heroes.

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