Vice: What happens when Latinx people gentrify Latinx communities
Vice, January 31st, 2019: What happens when Latinx people gentrify Latinx communities
Boyle Heights is experiencing unfettered and unprecedented transformation. The Mexican American neighborhood, located just east of Downtown Los Angeles, was once characterized by its taquerías and quinceañera shops. Today, the barrio is glittered with new boutique coffee spots, bars, and record stores. These commercial adornments can be understood as omens of gentrification. They’re signals that what has been a predominantly low-income black and brown neighborhood is on its way to becoming a hub for young, affluent white folks.
Typically, the progenitors of gentrification are white, but what about when they’re not?