Go Away, Coffee…

All you Betabrand-wearing white folks from the other side of the river, begone. Begone, gentrifiers, and take your french press and chocolate lab  with you.  Shimmy off in your skinny jeans  and spend your money  elsewhere.     Shoo, flies. Shoo!  The arabica shall not cross Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Begone artists!  Begone patrons apologists! We shall not be art washed! Safe spaces do not gentrify.

Meanwhile, the city is building, at fantastic expense, a modernist bridge literally marrying Boyle Heights to the Arts District, in which no artists reside. 

Artist-filled Boyle Heights watches the money bridge approach each day, like manifest destiny…

..and in the advance, seeding the ground before it, the bungalow teardown trend going vertical…Venice East, in motion, and the answer that pops into the heads of the Defenders of Boyle Heights is…no coffee, dammit!    No hanging your work in galleries. Yeah. That’ll stop it.

2 thoughts on “Go Away, Coffee…”

  1. British sociologist Ruth Glass coined the term “gentrification” in 1964 to describe the influx of middle-class people displacing lower-class worker residents in urban neighborhoods; her example was London, and its working-class districts such as Islington: then it was a class of white people displacing another class of white people.

    The Defenders of Boyle Heights make me laugh, blaming the LAPD for killing their community when gangs such as KAM 13, White Fence and Hazard Grande have killed far more. Do they walk around with placards and protest against these gangs? No.

    Do they protest about the selling of drugs, or business’ covered in grafitti? Or how about a ten year old girl dead in her home after being hit by a stray bullet?

    They would rather laundermats and senior centers than coffee shops (some drink coffee) and art galleries, however, the median age of Boyle Heights is relatively young.

    They complain about hipsters and trendies invading, but on the flip side there’s ‘cool’ people walking around with their pants hanging down, showing their underwear, looking like circus clowns.

    The crux of the matter really, is being evicted from your neighborhood, due to rent increases, but low economic areas have always been and always will be hotbeds for crime.

    I wonder what the Irishman, Andrew Boyle would think of his namesake today?

    The planners will be changing Cesar Chavez Ave back to Brooklyn Ave next!

  2. These are all good points. Neighborhoods run on 50 year cycles. The term gentrification is a way of putting a nativist gloss on resistance to the natural evolution of things.

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