There’s a lot of heated discussion going in the event page for the anti-gentrification workshop that was suppose to happen in La Catrina Cafe (

Apparently, many business owners–many latinx owners–are being really discouraging even vicious towards the event to the point La Catrina has cancelled the meeting at their space claiming they do not agree with such a “negative event.” It also claims that some of the businesses targeted by the organizers are actually owned by working class people of Pilsen.
Whether or not the latinx owned business are from working class people or not. It’s very much apparent that the prices of these establishments arent affordable to working class citizens and display a sort of cultura for the white gaze aura.
It’s a shame La Catrina took it upon themselves to chastise the organizers instead of agreeing to join the conversation and working with the community to address the current issue at hand–the fact that generations of mexican working class people as well as immigrants are being pushed out of their homes and the neighborhood’s cultural identity is being held hostage. instead they are making it clear that their allegiance is with the money and not the community.

Why lesbians and gay men don’t share space.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

Last month’s edition of Contexts had a fascinating article by Amin Ghaziani titled Lesbian Geographies. Most of us are familiar with the idea of a “gayborhood,” a neighborhood enclave that attracts gay men. It turns out that lesbians have enclaves, too, but they’re not always the same ones.

The image above shows the frequency of same-sex female couples (top) and same-sex male couples (bottom) in U.S. counties. Census data tracks same-sex couples but not individuals, so the conclusions here are based on couples.

What are the differences between where same-sex female and same-sex male couples live?

First, Same-sex female couples are more likely than their male counterparts to live in rural areas. Ghaziani thinks that “cultural cues regarding masculinity and femininity play a part.” As one interviewee told sociologist Emily Kazyak:

If you’re a flaming gay queen, they’re like, “Oh, you’re a freak, I’m scared of you.” But if you’re a really butch woman and you’re working at a factory, I think [living in the midwest is] a little easier.

If being “butch” is normative for people living in rural environments, lesbians who perform masculinity might fit in better than gay men who don’t.

Second, non-heterosexual women are about three times as likely as non-heterosexual men to be raising a child under 18. Whatever a person’s sexual orientation, parents are more likely to be looking for good schools, safe neighborhoods, and non-postage stamp-sized apartments.

Finally, there’s evidence that gay men price lesbians out. Gay men are notorious for gentrifying neighborhoods, but data shows that lesbians usually get there first. When non-heterosexual men arrive, they accelerate the gentrification, often making it less possible for non-heterosexual women to afford to stay. Thanks to the gender pay gap, times two, women living with women don’t generally make as much money as men living with men.

Or, they might leave because they don’t want to be around so many men. Ghaziani writes:

Gay men are still men, after all, and they are not exempt from the sexism that saturates our society. In reflecting on her experiences in the gay village of Manchester, England, one lesbian described gay men as “quite intimidating. They’re not very welcoming towards women.”

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

The problem is that there’s lots of evidence that gentrification doesn’t benefit low-income people. The new arrivals mark the beginning of higher rent and offer no quick promises for better education. By the time the neighborhood has the chance to address these problems, it’s likely that all the people who needed assistance the most will be gone.

3 Ways To End Chinatown’s Gentrification

What’s been happening in Chinatown has hardly been silent, even if outsiders have been quiet about it. While neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Crown Heights, and Harlem have all become synonymous with encroaching gentrification, Chinatown probably elicits little more than an acknowledged existence in most New Yorker’s minds. We know something has been changing there, we may have even seen a headline once talking about it, but the large neighborhood covering parts of the Lower East Side and Two Bridges hardly gets its deserved attention.

Many are failing to recognize that if the gentrification happening in Chinatown can be stopped, and neighborhood development managed in a way that benefits all community members, the same can probably be done elsewhere…

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San Francisco Now 2015

This drawing illustrates the current gentrification problems we have in San Francisco. Over the last 3 years there has been nothing but demolition of buildings in the Mission and having them replaced with more condo lofts for incoming Techies and Yuppies. Accommodation for the Google Buses with stops at every active area in the Mission which causes great pollution. Renting of a public park. Destruction/ Arson of the apartment complex on Mission and 20th. Outrageous acts of violence by SFPD.

My pride for being born and raised in San Francisco and culture is being crushed by assholes who have absolutely no respect for me or the families who’ve worked their asses off to survive. They walk in with money, landlords raise the rent, evict the people, and make new housing only affordable for the techies.This is our culture, our home, our community, our voice. Involve yourself. Viva la Misión


Rally to #SaveNYC: Save #1MillionHomes – Working class New Yorkers are losing their homes to developers, landlords, and gentrification. The affordable housing crisis and gentrification have brought millions of New Yorkers to a breaking point. Hundreds of people marched from Manhattan to Brooklyn to demand stronger rent laws and housing for all.

The gentrification of Brixton unites an eclectic group of protesters

The main objection of the demonstration is to “gentrification”, which means people who have lived in this area for decades being edged out by the only people who can afford a place on the Victoria line. But when you look at the range of the people involved – Anafo, a club promoter who also has a small business in Brixton market, Arnie, from the direct action group, London Black Revs, who would like 1,000 people to occupy Lambeth Town Hall until election day, and Ravi, a private renter in Dorchester Court, Aurelie Hulse, from the Knights Walk campaign, it becomes plain that, as Anafo says, “It’s no longer the dreaded ‘g’ word. It’s hyper gentrification – it’s far more aggressive”. 

Gentrification and the City

Gentrification, the rehabilitation of old and degraded neighborhoods as wealthier households move in, is one of the more flagrant manifestations of the inequalities that mark the early twenty-first century. The phenomenon can hardly go unnoticed: it affects more and more cities, from New York and San Francisco to the capitals of Europe and now South America, as changing lifestyles and the transformation of commerce brutally reorganise public space. Racial minorities and the working class today are relegated ever further into the periphery or, for the very poorest, into the insalubrious interstices of the city. But if concern for this phenomenon is mounting, it’s also because part of the middle class, spending an ever-greater portion of its income on housing, is no longer spared from these pressures. The slogan “the right to the city” seems more timely than ever more in the planet’s great conurbations.

From Sylvie Tissot’s forthcoming book Good Neighbors: Gentrifying Diversity in Boston’s South End


i wrote a paper on parklets. included a bunch of pictures for your reading pleasure. (also a couple snippets on drunk drivers). feel free to use this as a shortcut to your own research, or to build upon a collection of research of newer parklets in more cities.

“This paper presents an up-to-date (until December 2014) review of parklets in the following West Coast cities: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. It also includes the beginnings of a parklet inventory that could be expanded upon by city and through time. Through examining case studies, this paper hopes to provide advice to people who aim to create parklets, and to cities to learn from each other in developing their parklet programs.”

west coast parklets. by dianne yee. 12.2014. [pdf]



“Dusek’s, Punchbowl, Honkeytonk, Lagunitas Brewery, Pilsen Vintage, Comet Vintage, Knee Deep Vintage, Bowtruss coffee, Beurrage French Bakery, Sip and Splash, are just a handful of the many gentrifying businesses that dot our community. NOW the newest coming attractions to Pilsen: 400 LUXURY CONDOS and rumors of STARBUCKS and ANOTHER coffee and pastry shop, DOLLOPS. Something needs to be done before the damage is irreversible to the working class immigrant culture of this community.

Everything that makes up this community—our churches, our shops, our community organizations and programs, our schools, our neighbors, our friends, our family, our community centers, and our culture are being removed for the will of the market and for the tastes of the upper classes!!!

The affluent are moving in and displacing working class families at an even faster rate than before, and as it stands our community and the Mexican cultural presence in the inner city is not going to last if we sit around and do nothing!

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Another day another dinner. Tonight’s session takes place at Food Market in Hamden. The guys who invited me represent the new Baltimore, which is full of new people, new shops and new restaurants. They wanted to talk about ways I can help them understand Black Baltimore — or what’s left of it. My recent collection of Baltimore writings and talks has made me the go-to guy on issues concerning the Negro culture of our city. Politicians, investors and pretty much anyone with an interest in Baltimore request meetings with me weekly. In most of them, I trade my perspectives for potential opportunities at pricey restaurants I don’t normally frequent.

“Gentrification is turning my hometown into an alien place. As the city is remade, do I even belong here anymore?”