BY JASON MCGAHAN A coffee shop that opened last week on a busy commercial strip in Boyle Heights has prompted days of protest from groups opposed to it as a symbol of creeping gentrification in the neighborhood. A crowd of activists set up a picket line at the entrance to the shop on Thursday, urging would-be […]
BY JULIA WICK Mariachi Plaza has been a physical and cultural gathering point for mariachi musicians since the 1930s. As L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood becomes a flashpoint in the city’s gentrification wars, Mariachi Plaza is an increasingly symbolic space. Mariachi musicians, who have long lived in close proximity to the plaza and gathered there to […]
Inquilinos aseguran que las rentas han subido entre un 60 y 80% en el este del condado de Los Ángeles POR:ARACELI MARTÍNEZ ORTEGA A Carolina Rodríguez de un día para otro, le subieron la renta en su departamento de dos recámaras de US$1,250 a $2,000.. Pero no se quedó de brazos cruzados y acudió a […]
Groups representing tenants in unincorporated areas like East Los Angeles marched Tuesday on Los Angeles County supervisors offices to push for restrictions on rent increases and protection from evictions without any cause cited. Dozens of activists targeted the office of Supervisor Hilda Solis, who represents East L.A., and demanded she support tenant protections. “What do […]
BY JASON MCGAHAN As a mariachi in Boyle Heights, Luis Valdivia plays a bit of everything: trumpet, violin, a ukulele-sized guitar called the vihuela and a very large, six-string acoustic bass called the guitarrón. Valdivia’s younger brother Enrique Valdivia is also a mariachi. Their father and grandfather were mariachis as well. Each keeps three white mariachi […]
Por años un hombre pagó $1,000 por rentar en Boyle Heights; hoy se le ordena pagar $1,825 POR: JACQUELINE GARCÍA Cuando Luis Valdivia, inquilino de un edificio en Boyle Heights, recibió una carta a principio de año por parte de su arrendador quedó impactado al ver que su alquiler iba a aumentar a casi el doble. […]
BY JULIA WICK IN NEWS ON APR 7, 2017 11:09 AM In immigrant-heavy neighborhoods like Boyle Heights, community groups have seen a marked uptick in landlords exploiting immigration fears to threaten tenants since the election. Unscrupulous landlords who threaten to call immigration authorities on undocumented tenants are not a new phenomenon, but, as first reported […]
In Boyle Heights, Francisco Gonzalez is working with other tenants to fight double-digit rental rate increases. JOSIE HUANG/KPCC An Uber driver by night, Francisco Gonzalez catches up on sleep during the day. But, lately, his waking hours have been spent fighting to stay in his Boyle Heights apartment building. On April 1, rents in the […]
Tenants of a building in Boyle Heights are protesting a rent increase, with some saying their rent is nearly doubling. Sara Welch reports from Boyle Heights for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on March 22, 2017.
Gentrification is when a previously neglected, low income neighbourhood becomes attractive to wealthier residents who begin moving in, often causing rent increases that drive the original residents out.