Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Gentrification can be tough on gang members when they get displaced

According to the Los Angeles Times in "With gentrification, Echo Park gang members move outside their turf," Hispanic gang members are being gentrified out of Echo Park (Suzanne's old neighborhood), so they have to resort to coming back on weekends.

Left: a movie poster from 1986 demonstrates that change has been a constant in the Echo Park neighborhood.

Of course, things are tough on other groups too.  Some residents complain about yoga events in the local park ("Echo Park: Yoga Wars in a Gentrifying Barrio," LA Weekly).

This song on gentrification in Echo Park is from 2010 and is in response to an earlier LAT article, "Destination Echo Park" (which is not unlike my response to a similar article about the Shaw neighborhood in the Post, see "Shaw (and Mid City East) as a one-over neighborhood: revitalization, displacement, gentrification as a function of critical mass and timing").

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At 2:46 PM, Blogger IMGoph said...

i hate the word "gentrification" - even this four-year old song shows it has lost all meaning.

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

I don't like the word that much either, it is more often an epithet and doesn't have much in the way of explanatory power.

I meant to mention that the LAT article is almost like an Onion piece.


At 9:02 AM, Anonymous rg said...

I also thought it was a bit like an Onion article. I like to think I am a pretty compassionate guy, but I find it hard to muster much sympathy for guys who used to terrorize their neighborhood. We humans are an interesting lot when it comes to nostalgia...

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

well, sociologically it has to do with what Logan and Molotch called "the use value of place" in _Urban Fortunes_. They go back because their social ties and networks are based on and tied to Echo Park.


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