The ‘Hood is Changing: What is Next for South Central?

  (Photo credit: Joey Zanotti) (Muralist: Dario Canul of Tlakolulokos Activos)   South Central Los Angeles is the last community bordering Downtown Los Angeles that has not been gentrified. We have an opportunity to do something different in South Central. For years, I have been telling anyone that will listen, that we must prepare residents … Continued


On Defending Boyle Heights

I’m writing to share my work and perspective on gentrification in Boyle Heights, especially in light of the recent public actions by Defend Boyle Heights, a collective of activists who are concerned about gentrification. This post is simply my perspective on gentrification and displacement; an issue that I’m deeply concerned about. After Defend Boyle Heights’ … Continued


3 Reasons to Attend LURN’s “Disrupting the City” event on June 10th

This is a repost from Investing in Place Sometimes I feel like I don’t have time to think; to relax a bit and think creatively about the problems we’re trying to address. Do you ever feel like that? Every year, LURN organizes an event called the Planning and Land-Use Strategies Summit (PLUS2). It’s an opportunity … Continued


“When Did Echo Park Become So Hip and Happening?”

A short glimpse of the trailer makes clear that, quite expectedly, this film completely masks over the (more often than not) devastating ways gentrification negatively affects longtime residents of neighborhoods like Highland Park, Boyle Heights and Echo Park. In fact, we can say with confidence that this film erases these residents almost entirely, with its swift ownership of the deeply rooted Echo Park community, all while simultaneously illustrating an otherwise “empty,” “new,” “hip, and happening” version of Echo Park.


Los Angeles and San Francisco: Reflections on the “New” Economy

Last month, I attended the book launch of Michael Storper’s The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Professor Storper presented his extensive research and findings to a small crowd of students, faculty and other urbanist nerds. Paired with an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times a few … Continued