El Barrio No Se Vende: Anti-gentrification Activism in Boyle Heights

Authors: Kimberly Miranda*,
Topics: Ethnicity and Race, Cultural Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: anti-gentrification, activism, Latinx, spatial entitlement
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Edgewood AB, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Community activists are responding to spatial changes, known as gentrification in Boyle Heights, located east of Los Angeles. Identifying the influx of privatized art galleries settling in Boyle Heights, long standing residents identify these changes as gentrification threats. While gentrification literature has focused on economic inequality, reconsidering gentrification through the scope of spatial entitlement would expand scholarship that would focus specifically on anti-gentrification activism that effect the experiences of Latinx residents. Expanding on Gaye Theresa Johnson’s work on ‘spatial entitlement’, understood as, the ways people of color create “new collectives based not just upon eviction and exclusion from physical places” (Johnson 2013), I use this to frame my study when looking at the effects of gentrification in a predominately working class, undocumented Latinx community. I situate this study and framework of spatial entitlement in the eastside, which will offer an alternative analysis when thinking about resistance in underserved Latinx neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. This framework is to offer the lens through which Latinx’s should be understood as resistant, creative and resourceful by navigating through a capitalist domain in the context of place-making in the barrio. Examining artistic methods and activism that takes place in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, I will demonstrate this through participant observation in a community cultural space in Boyle Heights. Capturing the lived experiences of artists and activists addresses the existing gap in scholarship revolving around spatial politics and place-making in the discipline of geography.

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